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Title: "The Global New Light of Myanmar" Wednesday 27 May, 2015
Date of publication: 27 May 2015
Description/subject: HLUTTAW SESSIONS:- Pyidaungsu Hluttaw: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw discusses settlement of land confiscation disputes: "Nay Pyi Taw, 26 May — Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Session on Tuesday was overwhelmed with the implementation of the report of the investigating commission to prevent losses from confiscation of farmland and other types of land. Representative of U Aung Thein Lin said that it is necessary to confiscate land after issuing land confiscation orders and compensating land owners for their land at the prevailing prices, adding that land that is not used for permitted purposes must be confiscated while confiscated land must also be returned to former owners if it is not used for the purpose of confiscation..."...Pyithu Hluttaw: Ministry of Health provides snake anti-venom to rural health centres, station hospitals: "Nay Pyi Taw, 26 May — The Ministry of Health has distributed snake anti- venom to rural hospitals and health centres for treatment of farmers and residents during growing season, Deputy Minister for Health Dr Win Myint told the Pyithu Hluttaw on Tuesday, at the 52nd-day session of the Lower House. The deputy minister explained the distribution of anti-venom in reply to Dr May Win Myint of Mayangon constituency, who asked about management of foreign aid for snakebite treatment..."...Amyotha Hluttaw: Govt monitoring, assisting ethnic armed groups in line with peace deal: "Nay Pyi Taw, 26 May — Authorities are monitoring the Karen National Union and other ethnic armed groups and cooperating with them in accordance with an agreement between the government and the armed groups, Deputy Minister at the President Office U Aung Thein told the Amyotha Hluttaw session on Tuesday The deputy minister gave the explanation in response to a question from a representative on whether authorities have a plan to monitor activities of the KNU, which is cooperating with the government for peace, in their areas. Authorities will raise objections over activities that contravene conditions of the peace deal, the three main national causes of the Tatmadaw, and the rule of law and security, according to the deputy minister..."..... OTHER DOMESTIC NEWS: UN statement says 200 boat people rescued in Myanmar waters are believed to be young Bangladeshi males...Study seeks Yangon residents’ views on city heritage...Bangladeshi boat people want to go back home as soon as possible...Union FM accepts exequaturs of honorary consuls of Sweden, Belarus, Norway...Construction of govt staff housing nears completion in Thazi Tsp...Storm victims receive donations of cash, supplies...Training course enhances capacity of sports officers...Farmers receive good price for summer paddy in 2015...Mobile clinic provides healthcare to residents in Tatkon Tsp...Pageant finalists demonstrate talent in Mandalay...National workshop highlights women’s leadership and participation in social cohesion and peace building...Election sub-commission offices announce voter lists...Mandalay launches School Enrolment Week...Fire Services Department supplies drinking water to rural residents...Mandalay Region Sub-commission clarifies preparations for 2015 general elections..... EXTERNAL RELATIONS: President U Thein Sein accepts credentials from Bulgarian, Hellenic, Czech Ambassadors...UN statement says 200 boat people rescued in Myanmar waters are believed to be young Bangladeshi males...Red tape stalls EU-backed development project for Myanmar aquaculture industry...Myanmar women golfers to take part in 32nd Malaysian Ladies Amateur Open 2015..... "PERSPECTIVES": "Liberal opinions should not be blocked" by Aung Khin..... ARTICLE: "The Singapore Institute of Management (SIM University)" by Sayar Mya
Language: English
Source/publisher: The Global New Light of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (1.8MB)
Date of entry/update: 27 May 2015
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Title: "Myanmar Alin" Wednesday 27 May, 2015
Date of publication: 27 May 2015
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (5.4MB-reduced version; 11MB-original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/27.May_.15_mal.pdf
Date of entry/update: 27 May 2015
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Title: "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") Wednesday 27 May, 2015
Date of publication: 27 May 2015
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (7MB)
Date of entry/update: 27 May 2015
RR > News - Daily newspapers produced by the Government of Burma/Myanmar (archive from June 2003) > "The [Global] New Light of Myanmar", "Kyemon" and "Myanmar Alin" > "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") archive > "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") 2015


Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 22 May, 2015: Urgent proposal submitted to suspend tender invitation for land plot of Yeku broadcast station [incl. Dicsussion of loans fromKorea and Japan+minimum wage+confiscation of farmlands+land plot of old Yeku brodc. stat.]
Date of publication: 23 May 2015
Description/subject: "Urgent proposal submitted to suspend tender invitation for land plot of Yeku broadcast station [incl. Dicsussion of loans from Korea and Japan+minimum wage+confiscation of farmlands+ 90- acres land plot of old Yeku broadcast station: Nay Pyi Taw, 22 May — Union Minister for Construction U Kyaw Lwin discussed borrowing $137.833 million from Economic Development Cooperation Fund of the Republic of Korea while deputy ministers from Ministry of Electric Power, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Finance reported on borrowing Japanese Yen 25,888 million from Japan International Cooperation Agency for implementing the projects at the 48th-day session of Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Friday. The Hluttaw invited MPs to discuss the loans. MPs discussed reviews over paragraphs No 24 to 33 of the report of the joint commission for reviewing employees and employers rights to be able to set the minimum wage. U Tin Htut of Zalun constituency discussed progress of the investigation commission for loss of people in confiscation of farmlands and other lands. U Aung Thein Lin of South Okkalapa Constituency in Yangon Region submitted an urgent proposal to suspend the tender invitation for handing over a 90-acre land plot of old Yeku broadcast station in Mayangon Township to private entrepreneurs. Dr Nay Lin of Seikkan Constituency seconded the proposal."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
Format/size: pdf (71K)
Date of entry/update: 27 May 2015
ML > Politics and Government > Burma/Myanmar's Legislature > Parliament > Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (Union Parliament): - legislation and other proceedings > Pyidaungsu Hluttaw: Meetings in 2015


Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 25 May, 2015: Pure Gold Star bean on test cultivation for poppy-cultivated areas [incl. Upgrading roads and a self-reliant primary school in Kyaukpyu Township]
Date of publication: 26 May 2015
Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 25 May—U Saw Tun Mya Aung of Kayin State Constituency No 5 asked about a plan to grow Pure Gold Star Bean (Star Sacha Inchi) as alternative development in the poppy-cultivated areas on hilly regions at the 51st session of Amyotha Hluttaw Monday. Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation U Ohn Than replied that El Shaddai Co., Ltd. imported seeds of bean for 1,500 acres of farmlands and cultivated it in Lashio, Muse and Myitkyina townships. The bean is being nurtured in Ayethukha village in Bago Region and Myaungchawgon village in Hmawby Township, Yangon Region. If test cultivation achieves success, the ministry will provide technical assistance to local farmers for cultivation of Pure Gold Star Bean in the poppy- cultivated areas. U Ohn Htin, MP of Rakhine State constituency asked whether there is a plan to upgrade an earthen road to a laterite road linking three villages in Kyaukpyu Township. Deputy Minister for Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development U Khin Maung Aye said that as the upgrading plan for the inter-village road in Kyaukpyu Township has not been submitted to the government in 2015-16 fiscal year, there is no plan to upgrade the road. U Khin Maung (a) U Aung Kyaw Oo of Rakhine State constituency No 3 asked about a plan to open a Basic Education Primary School in Hsanthitpyin Village, Kyauktaw Township. Deputy Minister for Education U Thant Shin replied that the self-reliant BEPS in the village is about three miles from Ngatapaung BEPS. The ministry will upgrade the self-reliant school to a BEPS branch in 2015-16 academic year."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
Format/size: pdf (70K)
Date of entry/update: 27 May 2015
ML > Politics and Government > Burma/Myanmar's Legislature > Parliament > Amyotha Hluttaw (Nationalities' Assembly/Upper House): Meetings > Amyotha Hluttaw: Meetings in 2015


Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 25 May, 2015: Wetland conservation needs more coordinated efforts [incl. Compensation for paddy fields in Sgaing region+money changers for foreigners]
Date of publication: 26 May 2015
Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 25 May— The coordinated efforts are need for wetland conservation programme in Myanmar, according to Deputy Minister for Environmental Conservation and Forestry U Aye Myint Maung at Pyithu Hluttaw session on Monday. The 30-year management plan for wetland conservation was carried out in Yamethin district, Mandalay region, for more than hundreds of acres. The deputy minister called for the cooperation of departments and locals concerned with hydropower generation and water resource in conservation programmes. MP U Thaung Han of Yinmabin Township constituency in Sagaing region suggested to give out compensation for paddy fields which were dug for Letwel irrigation canal and construction of water channels for the paddy fields in Yinmabin and Pale townships. Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation U Khin Zaw replied that the ministry has not planned yet to give out compensation for the lands which were used for irrigation in previous government as the possible amount of compensation would be very high. He also said the budget proposal of the ministry for construction of irrigation channels for the paddy fields in Yamabin and Pale townships in 2015-2016 fiscal year was rejected in Hluttaw. MP U Soe Myint from Pyawbwe Township constituency requested the operation of banks and official money changers for foreigners during long holidays. Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Myanmar U Set Aung said some foreign local banks of KBZ Bank, AYA Bank and CB Bank have planned to set up money changers at airports, Shwedagon pagoda and major shopping centres and preparations will be made to operate money exchange counters by next Water Festival. Some private banks will also set up foreign exchange ATMs in Yangon and Mandalay during this fiscal year."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
Format/size: pdf (71K)
Date of entry/update: 27 May 2015
ML > Politics and Government > Burma/Myanmar's Legislature > Parliament > Pyithu Hluttaw (People's Assembly/House of Representatives/Lower House) - proceedings > Pyithu Hluttaw: Meetings in 2015


Title: "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") Friday 17 May, 2013
Date of publication: 17 May 2013
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (4.5MB-reduced version; 23MB-original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/Mirror2013-05-17.pdf
Date of entry/update: 27 May 2015
RR > News - Daily newspapers produced by the Government of Burma/Myanmar (archive from June 2003) > "The [Global] New Light of Myanmar", "Kyemon" and "Myanmar Alin" > "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") archive > "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") 2013


Title: "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") Sunday 19 May, 2013
Date of publication: 19 May 2013
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (4.6MB-reduced version; 11MB-original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/Mirror2013-05-19.pdf
Date of entry/update: 27 May 2015
RR > News - Daily newspapers produced by the Government of Burma/Myanmar (archive from June 2003) > "The [Global] New Light of Myanmar", "Kyemon" and "Myanmar Alin" > "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") archive > "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") 2013


Title: "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") Monday 20 May, 2013
Date of publication: 20 May 2013
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (4.7MB-reduced version; 17MB-original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/Mirror2013-05-20.pdf
Date of entry/update: 27 May 2015
RR > News - Daily newspapers produced by the Government of Burma/Myanmar (archive from June 2003) > "The [Global] New Light of Myanmar", "Kyemon" and "Myanmar Alin" > "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") archive > "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") 2013


Title: "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") Tuesday 21 May, 2013
Date of publication: 21 May 2013
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (4.6MB-reduced version; 15MB-original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/Mirror2013-05-21.pdf
Date of entry/update: 27 May 2015
RR > News - Daily newspapers produced by the Government of Burma/Myanmar (archive from June 2003) > "The [Global] New Light of Myanmar", "Kyemon" and "Myanmar Alin" > "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") archive > "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") 2013


Title: UWSA to Opt Out of Ethnic Summit on Nationwide Ceasefire
Date of publication: 26 May 2015
Description/subject: "The United Wa State Army (UWSA) will not attend an ethnic summit next month in Karen State’s Law Khee Lar, where ethnic leaders will gather to discuss the signing of a nationwide ceasefire agreement..."
Author/creator: Khin Oo Thar
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy"
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 27 May 2015
ML > Internal armed conflict > Internal armed conflict in Burma > Peace processes, ceasefires and ceasefire talks (websites, documents, reports and studies)


Title: "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") Saturday 18 May, 2013
Date of publication: 18 May 2013
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (4.6MB-reduced version; 24MB-original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/Mirror2013-05-18.pdf
Date of entry/update: 27 May 2015
RR > News - Daily newspapers produced by the Government of Burma/Myanmar (archive from June 2003) > "The [Global] New Light of Myanmar", "Kyemon" and "Myanmar Alin" > "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") archive > "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") 2013


Title: "The Global New Light of Myanmar" Tuesday 26 May, 2015
Date of publication: 26 May 2015
Description/subject: HLUTTAW SESSIONS:- PYITHU HLUTTAW: Wetland conservation needs more coordinated efforts: "Nay Pyi Taw, 25 May— The coordinated efforts are need for wetland conservation programme in Myanmar, according to Deputy Minister for Environmental Conservation and Forestry U Aye Myint Maung at Pyithu Hluttaw session on Monday. The 30-year management plan for wetland conservation was carried out in Yamethin district, Mandalay region, for more than hundreds of acres. The deputy minister called for the cooperation of departments and locals concerned with hydropower generation and water resource in conservation programmes. MP U Thaung Han of Yinmabin Township constituency in Sagaing region suggested to give out compensation for paddy fields which were dug for Letwel irrigation canal and construction of water channels for the paddy fields in Yinmabin and Pale townships. Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation U Khin Zaw replied that the ministry has not planned yet to give out compensation for the lands which were used for irrigation in previous government as the possible amount of compensation would be very high..."...AMYOTHA HLTTAW: Pure Gold Star bean on test cultivation for poppy-cultivated areas: "Nay Pyi Taw, 25 May—U Saw Tun Mya Aung of Kayin State Constituency No 5 asked about a plan to grow Pure Gold Star Bean (Star Sacha Inchi) as alternative development in the poppy-cultivated areas on hilly regions at the 51st session of Amyotha Hluttaw Monday. Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation U Ohn Than replied that El Shaddai Co., Ltd. imported seeds of bean for 1,500 acres of farmlands and cultivated it in Lashio, Muse and Myitkyina townships. The bean is being nurtured in Ayethukha village in Bago Region and Myaungchawgon village in Hmawby Township, Yangon Region. If test cultivation achieves success, the ministry will provide technical assistance to local farmers for cultivation of Pure Gold Star Bean in the poppy- cultivated areas..."..... OTHER DOMESTIC NEWS: Government attends to needs of rural people in regions and states...Conveying great bell from Mandalay to Dawei starts 26 May...Rural electrification workshop sparks infosharing deal with Japan’s top university...Myanmar sends trainees to Advanced Training Course in Tourism Development...Training course provides high-level tailoring skills...Muse District launches School Enrolment Day...Nursing and midwifery training school set for Nov. completion...Farmers begin farming works by agricultural machinery...Billion Thanks, Mr. President...Locals donate rice, provisions to novices, nuns in Tatkon...Mandalay Region government to upgrade fire stations with modern equipment...Teachers conclude Pa-O ethnic literature course...Youths of Mandalay to compete in Mr and Ms Shwe Mann Contests...Campaign aims to keep Bagan free of plastic bags...Local residents receive free healthcare service...Seminar targets prevention of human trafficking, violence against girls..... EXTERNAL RELATIONS: President U Thein Sein sends messages to Georgia...Singapore top foreign investor in first month of 2015-2016 FY...Bangladesh, Myanmar agree on repatriation of boat people...Union Defence Minister meets Ambassador of Qatar...Rural electrification workshop sparks infosharing deal with Japan’s top university...UPS expands delivery services for Myanmar..... "PERSPECTIVES": "Two different types of people" by Myint Win Thein..... ARTICLE: "Why should we go on learning?" by U Khin Maung (A retired diplomat)
Language: English
Source/publisher: The Global New Light of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (3.9MB)
Date of entry/update: 26 May 2015
RR > News - Daily newspapers produced by the Government of Burma/Myanmar (archive from June 2003) > "The [Global] New Light of Myanmar", "Kyemon" and "Myanmar Alin" > "The Global New Light of Myanmar" 2015


Title: "Myanmar Alin" Tuesday 26 May, 2015
Date of publication: 26 May 2015
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (6.8MB-reduced version; 11MB-original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/26.May_.15_mal.pdf
Date of entry/update: 26 May 2015
RR > News - Daily newspapers produced by the Government of Burma/Myanmar (archive from June 2003) > "The [Global] New Light of Myanmar", "Kyemon" and "Myanmar Alin" > "Myanmar Alin" > "Myanmar Alin" 2015


Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 21 May, 2015: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw session covers land disputes, labour issues [incl. labour laws+bill to exempt tax for mobile phone subscribers]
Date of publication: 22 May 2015
Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 21 May — The Central Committee for Management of Land Use will cooperate with parliament to resolve some 8,000 outstanding land disputes, Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Brig- Gen Kyaw Zan Myint told the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw session on Thursday. The deputy minister was reporting on work done by the central committee to prevent losses to the public due to confiscation of land including farms. The central committee is handling all complaints on land confiscation including those sent to the president and the vice presidents, according to the deputy minister. The central committee looked into a total of 10,225 land disputes, with 119,328.678 acres of land returned to former owners as of 15 May, 2015 in addition to 224,403.079 acres released by ministries and private companies, the deputy minister said. Deputy Minister for Labour, Employment and Social Security Daw Win Maw Tun reported to the session on work of the ministry, saying the labour organizations law of 2014, the social security law of 2012, the minimum wage law, the employment and skills development law, and the law amending the leave and public holiday law (1951) have been enacted while four other laws have been repealed. She added that efforts are also being made to complete new bills for foreign workers and worksite health and safety. The ministry is also taking measures for state and private sector workers in special economic zones and industrial zones, as well as to protect Myanmar migrant workers in other countries. A representative of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw submitted a motion during the session urging the combined houses of parliament and the union government to submit and approve a bill to exempt mobile phone subscribers from a 5 percent commercial tax on their prepaid phone charges in fiscal 2015-2016."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
Format/size: pdf (56K)
Date of entry/update: 26 May 2015
ML > Politics and Government > Burma/Myanmar's Legislature > Parliament > Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (Union Parliament): - legislation and other proceedings > Pyidaungsu Hluttaw: Meetings in 2015


Title: 2015 Elections (Network Myanmar collection)
Description/subject: Useful collection of articles from the past few years
Language: English
Source/publisher: Network Myanmar
Format/size: html, pdf
Date of entry/update: 26 May 2015
ML > Politics and Government > Elections (Burma) > The 2015 General Elections in Burma/Myanmar


Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 20 May, 2015: Coal fired power plant projects to go ahead [incl. Myanmar seafarers joining shipping companies in Taipei (China)]
Date of publication: 21 May 2015
Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 20 May — Coal fired power plant projects will not be cancelled as electricity consumption in Myanmar is increasing by13 to 15 percent annually, said Deputy Minister for Electric Power U Aung Than Oo to Pyithu Hluttaw session on Wednesday. MP Daw Tin Tin Yi from Kyunsu constituency asked the government’s plan whether the coal fired projects would be cancelled amidst the protest of local people. Myanmar has 43 power stations with installation capacity of 4,987 MW generated 69 percent from hydropower, 29 percent from natural gas and 2 percent from coal, while only 30 percent of households across the country get electricity. The deputy minister said Myanmar needs to construct more power plants to be able to generate 23,594 MW in 2030- 2031 to distribute electricity the whole country. Regarding query of Myanaung constituency’s Pyithu Hluttaw MP U Aung Sein about electricity distribution to Myanaung township from national grid, U Aung Than Oo said preliminary surveys are being carried out to construct a 33-KV power station by using bio-fuel and wind powers alternatively. He added that the project will be implemented depending on budget allocation and low-interest from local or foreign loans. Myanaung township is about five nautical miles from nearest Yanbye Township. Deputy Minister for Labour, Employment and Social Security U Htin Aung replied to the query of Kanpetlet constituency MP Thura U Aung Ko whether Myanmar seafarers could join shipping companies in Taipei (China). U Htin Aung said Myanmar sailor associations can also practice similar trend like the Myanmar Seafarers Federation."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
Format/size: pdf (70K)
Date of entry/update: 26 May 2015
ML > Politics and Government > Burma/Myanmar's Legislature > Parliament > Pyithu Hluttaw (People's Assembly/House of Representatives/Lower House) - proceedings > Pyithu Hluttaw: Meetings in 2015


Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 21 May, 2015: Pyithu Hluttaw continues for 50th day [incl. a five-storey building in Kamayut Township+Dayemee and Akyaung creeks in DaikU Township+Yangon-Mandalay Highway+the 2012 Amyotha Hluttaw Law]
Date of publication: 22 May 2015
Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 21 May — Dr Soe Yin of Kamayut Constituency asked about a complaint for a five-storey building at No 54/A on Thiri Mingala Street in Ward 8 in Kamayut Township under permission of YCDC at the 50th-day session of Pyithu Hluttaw Thursday. Deputy Minister at the President office U Kyaw Kyaw Win replied that YCDC allowed construction of the five-storey building in line with the existing rules of the committee although local residents have made complaints over its construction. With regard to a question raised by U Min Swe of DaikU Constituency, the deputy minister said that although the local authorities have demanded the budget in 2015-16 fiscal year, works of dredging Dayemee and Akyaung creeks and other silted creeks in DaikU Township in the open season. Dr Maung Maung Swe of Kyaukdaga Constituency asked about timetable for repairing the road linking Yangon-Mandalay Highway with KhinIngyi, Bogon and Hsabyin villages. Deputy Minister for Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development U Tin Ngwe replied that the rural development fund of the ministry this fiscal year does not include the repairing of the road but the ministry will undertake rural development tasks on priority. Pyithu Hluttaw Bill Committee member U Khin Maung Shwe submitted a report on bill amending the 2012 Amyotha Hluttaw Law."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
Format/size: pdf (72K)
Date of entry/update: 26 May 2015
ML > Politics and Government > Burma/Myanmar's Legislature > Parliament > Pyithu Hluttaw (People's Assembly/House of Representatives/Lower House) - proceedings > Pyithu Hluttaw: Meetings in 2015


Title: Results of a Google search for "Myanmar 2015 Elections"
Description/subject: 12,000,000 results (26 May 2015)
Language: English
Source/publisher: Google
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 26 May 2015
ML > Politics and Government > Elections (Burma) > The 2015 General Elections in Burma/Myanmar


Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 19 May, 2015: Three steps of reform plan clarified in Amyotha Hluttaw [incl. Company registration+ publication of newspapers in Zolai language+ Union Election Commission Law]
Date of publication: 20 May 2015
Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 19 May — Deputy Minister at the President Office U Kyaw Kyaw Win explained the three steps of government’s reform plan in response to the query of MP U Khet Htein Nan from Kachin state constituency 1 at Amyotha Hluttaw session on Tuesday. U Kyaw Kyaw Win said since the government has taken office in 2011, it adopted the first phase of reform plan namely ‘First Wave’, and formed Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, Pyithu Hluttaw and Amyotha Hluttaw along with the Union Government and State/ Region governments in accordance with 2008 Constitution. Under the ‘Second Wave’, the government made political and economic reforms in 2011; development of management on public affairs in 2012; modification of private sector. The ‘Third Wave’ initiated on 10 June 2014 includes laying a good foundation for the new democratic state and fulfilling the needs of people in social and economic sectors. The deputy minister added plans were made to foster the earlier step by the following step. Regarding company registration process suggested by U Hla Swe, MP of Magway Region constituency 12, Deputy Minister for National Planning and Economic Development Daw Lei Lei Thein said the Company Registration Office is liable for checking the needs of registration process, and that it is not possible to make a deep investigation on possible entrepreneurs for easy registration process. She said complaints on embezzlement and misuse can be reported to the Ministry of Home Affairs for legal actions. U Nein Khinn Paung, MP of Chin state constituency 7, asked for publication of newspapers in Zolai language, one of the Chin ethnic groups. Deputy Minister for Information U Pike Htway said there are many other ethnic languages in Chin state, and permission for Zolai language newspaper is tantamount to negligence on other minorities in Chin state, adding that it will not be allowed for this newspaper. Amyotha Hluttaw then approve the bill on amendment of Union Election Commission Law."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
Format/size: pdf (72K)
Date of entry/update: 26 May 2015
ML > Politics and Government > Burma/Myanmar's Legislature > Parliament > Amyotha Hluttaw (Nationalities' Assembly/Upper House): Meetings > Amyotha Hluttaw: Meetings in 2015


Title: Myanmar’s Troubled Path to Reform Political Prospects in a Landmark Election Year
Date of publication: February 2015
Description/subject: SUMMARY: "• Myanmar’s transition from military rule to democracy is far from complete, and its successes to date remain fragile. Given the chronic inertia and isolation of the previous half-century, there has been remarkable progress since 2011. But more work is needed to consolidate democracy, improve governance and promote stability. • Legislative elections due by the end of 2015 promise to be pivotal for the country’s political development. The elections are likely to be the freest in decades, but the opportunity for constitutional reform ahead of the polls appears to have been missed. • A political compromise between the military-dominated Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) and the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) no longer looks feasible before the elections. • Ceasefires with ethnic minorities in recent years have improved the security situation, but a national peace settlement has proven elusive. Armed groups may prefer to await the outcome of the elections rather than negotiate with the current government. • Sectarian rivalry and the legacy of prolonged government neglect are fuelling continued instability in Rakhine state. Domestic and international actors must address the crisis in the state urgently, or risk the emergence of a situation that threatens national unity as well as regional stability.".....CONCLUSION: A CRITICAL YEAR: "Myanmar faces enormous challenges, with the elections at the end of the year likely to be a turning point in its history. They could herald a new era that sees a diminishing role for the military, better relations with the outside world – including the West – and a country at peace with itself and embracing its many minorities. There are other futures too. A reform process that stumbles badly is clearly imaginable – not least over the position of Aung San Suu Kyi in national life; ceasefires that do not hold with increasingly restless minorities; and the emergence of Rakhine state as potentially a new flashpoint in a rising global Islamist agenda. These dangers are all too real. In all likelihood Myanmar will find itself caught between these two scenarios. The elections will almost certainly proceed; abandoning reform is simply not an option now, even for military hardliners. Although much of institutional life is still dominated by the military, a real politics has emerged in Myanmar in recent years. Any attempt to put the democratic genie back in the bottle is unlikely. But the potential for unrest, and even violence, remains considerable. At the same time, other Southeast Asian histories offer alternative possibilities. While the military appears to be firmly back in charge in neighbouring Thailand, Indonesia has evolved into one of the more robust democracies in Southeast Asia. In doing so, the country has overcome a toxic legacy of 33 years of military rule (from 1965 to 1998) and has successfully fended off threats of internal secession and Islamist extremism. Indonesia’s example is one that many in Myanmar still hope their country can follow."
Author/creator: Michael C. Williams
Language: English
Source/publisher: Chatham House
Format/size: pdf (270K-reduced version; 296K-original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.chathamhouse.org/sites/files/chathamhouse/field/field_document/20150226Myanmar.pdf
Date of entry/update: 26 May 2015
ML > Politics and Government > Elections (Burma) > The 2015 General Elections in Burma/Myanmar
Dialogue/reform/transition - from military to civilian rule? > Dialogue/reform/transition in Burma/Myanmar - analyses and statements


Title: Burmese general election, 2015
Description/subject: "The Burmese general election of 2015 is scheduled to take place in last week of October or first week of November. It will see voting take place in all the constituencies of Burma (Myanmar) excluding seats appointed by the Military, in order to appoint Members of Assembly to seats in the House of Nationalities, the upper house and House of Representatives, the lower house of the Assembly of the Union..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Wikipedia
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 26 May 2015
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Title: Unwanted: Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims Thousands flee to escape poverty and persecution. (video)
Date of publication: 25 May 2015
Description/subject: "Thousands of Rohingya adrift in the Andaman Sea with limited access to food and water may soon have shelter, at least temporarily. After weeks of turning away unseaworthy boats packed with migrants, Malaysia and Indonesia have now committed to providing immediate humanitarian aid and shelter for one year. Until recently governments have been reluctant to help, fearing a flood of refugees. Myanmar does not recognise the Rohingya and refutes accusations that their treatment of the ethnic minority is to blame for the crisis. Rohingya Muslims are considered one of the world’s most persecuted people by the UN. How should regional governments and the international community respond to this ongoing crisis? ... On this episode of The Stream, we speak to: Zaw Naing @Zw_Naing Rohingya activist in exile Shwe Maung @ShweMaung_MP Member of Parliament, Buthidaung Constituency, Rakhine State Charles Santiago @mpklang Malaysian Member of Parliament charlessantiago.org Matthew Smith @matthewfsmith Executive Director, Fortify Rights
Language: English
Source/publisher: Aljazeera (The Stream)
Format/size: Adobe Flash (36 minutes)
Date of entry/update: 26 May 2015
ML > Human Rights > Discrimination > Race or Ethnicity: Discrimination based on > Racial or ethnic discrimination in Burma: reports of violations > Racial or ethnic discrimination in Burma: reports of violations against specific groups > Discrimination against the Rohingya


Title: The plight of the Rohingya - Amid Myanmar’s reforms, violence against minorities continues. (video)
Date of publication: 01 August 2012
Description/subject: "In Myanmar's northwest, ethnic and religious tensions continue to fuel violence against Muslim Rohingyas, a minority group denied citizenship and legal rights by the government. A new report from Human Rights Watch says Burmese security forces are also complicit. Since the recent unrest began in June, about 80,000 have been displaced, and neighbouring Bangladesh is refusing the entry of Rohingya refugees fleeing the violence. Earlier this month Myanmar’s President Thein Sein, who has been lauded for leading recent political reforms, even suggested that the Muslim minority should be moved out of the country. In this episode of The Stream, we speak to Wakar Uddin, Chairman of the Burmese Rohingya Association of North America and John Sifton (@johnsifton), Asia advocacy director for Human Rights Watch. "
Language: English
Source/publisher: Aljazeera (The Stream)
Format/size: Adobe Flash (34 minutes)
Date of entry/update: 26 May 2015
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Title: "The Global New Light of Myanmar" Monday 25 May, 2015
Date of publication: 25 May 2015
Description/subject: DOMESTIC NEWS: President U Thein Sein graces impressive ceremony of novitiate in Sagaing Region...Myanma Insurance to launch new health insurance system...Taungtha Township to electrify all villages...Region Minister makes donations for regional development...Rural residents to receive potable water soon...Myittashin Blood Donors Association receives cash donation...Traditional marionette training aims to develop Myanmar’s puppet techniques...Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Kham attends to needs of local people in Lashio...Consultative workshop agrees on basic principles for framework for administrative reform...Awaing Kyaungsu Bridge links Hinthada, Kyonpyaw townships...4th BEHS in Kalay ready to admit students in 2015...Ethnics in Launglon receive citizenship scrutiny cards, households registrations...Agri Bank plans to disburse more than K3 billion to 12,000 farmers in Pale Tsp...Whose Responsibility?...Senior General Min Aung Hlaing honours new generation youths of navigation and aviation courses...Human Resources Development Centre commissioned at YTU...Physiotherapy law aims to improve industry standard in Myanmar..... EXTERNAL RELATIONS: Bangladesh Govt to bring back 208 Bangladeshis rescued by Myanmar Navy...President U Thein Sein sends message of felicitations to Argentine counterpart...Union Minister participates in 21st International Conference on the Future of Asia...Union FM sends message of felicitations to Argentina..... "PERSPECTIVES": "Cooperation between city authorities and dwellers will make Yangon nicer place" by Myint Win Thein..... ARTICLE: "Moral Turpitude" by Aye Pe (Padaung)
Language: English
Source/publisher: The Global New Light of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (4.3MB)
Date of entry/update: 25 May 2015
RR > News - Daily newspapers produced by the Government of Burma/Myanmar (archive from June 2003) > "The [Global] New Light of Myanmar", "Kyemon" and "Myanmar Alin" > "The Global New Light of Myanmar" 2015


Title: "Myanmar Alin" Monday 25 May, 2015
Date of publication: 25 May 2015
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (7MB-reduced version; 10MB-original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/25.May_.15_mal.pdf
Date of entry/update: 25 May 2015
RR > News - Daily newspapers produced by the Government of Burma/Myanmar (archive from June 2003) > "The [Global] New Light of Myanmar", "Kyemon" and "Myanmar Alin" > "Myanmar Alin" > "Myanmar Alin" 2015


Title: "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") Monday 25 May, 2015
Date of publication: 25 May 2015
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (7MB)
Date of entry/update: 25 May 2015
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Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 12 May, 2015: Amyotha Hlutaw discusses agricultural issues
Date of publication: 13 May 2015
Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 12 May — Amyotha Hlutaw session on Tuesday focused on questions on agriculture sector and Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation U Ohn Than responded to the questions. One of the representatives asked whether the government has plans to suspend one year to repay agricultural loans in Kyangin and Myanaung Townships in Ayeyawady Region as farmers there did not earn enough from failed crops due to shortages of rainwater and adverse weather conditions. Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation U Ohn Than said that Myanmar Agricultural Development Bank may suspend loans when crops are damaged due to natural disasters and losses are reported to the bank on time. Although the bank can suspend loans with the recommendation of local authorities at different levels, new loans will not be available for farmers who fail to repay their old loans under the rules and regulations of the bank, the deputy minister added. In addition, the farmers may be subjected to interests and fines as Myanmar Agricultural Development Bank has to borrow money from Myanma Economic Bank to issue loans for farmers, according to the deputy minister. Concerning the questions to fulfill requirements for the central agricultural farm in Mahlaing in Meiktila District, the deputy minister said that it is impossible to irrigate the farm form Konte Dam as it is located at a place higher than the dam. A hand pump well is being used for small scale agriculture in the farm, according to the deputy minister who added that a dry lake in the farm will be repaired before the coming rainy season. As for the lease of farmland, the deputy minister said that it is possible to rent land according to the provision of the farmland law."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
Format/size: pdf (63KB)
Date of entry/update: 25 May 2015
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Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 13 May, 2015: Chin MP calls for state-run technical high school in Matupi [incl. school exams+renovation of old and fragile school buildings]
Date of publication: 14 May 2015
Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 13 May — Union Minister for Science and Technology Dr Ko Ko Oo and Deputy Minister for Education U Thant Shin fielded questions from parliamentarians about school facilities Wednesday as the Amyotha Hluttaw continued its 12th session. U Paw Lyan Lwin, MP of Matupi Township constituency, called for the establishment of a state-run technical high school in Matupi Township. Dr Ko Ko Oo said his ministry is not ready to open a government technical high school in Matupi Township during fiscal 2015-2016, as it is establishing schools in states and regions under human resource development and economic projects. U Phone Myint Aung, MP of Yangon region constituency 3, asked for students to be allowed to enter school compounds hours before exams. Deputy Minister U Thant Shin said for the sake of security, as well as to ensure the secrecy of exam papers, students must only be allowed to enter school compounds once teachers have prepared exam rooms. Defence Services Personnel representative Major Myo Tun Aung asked what plans, if any, the education ministry has for renovation of old and fragile school buildings in fiscal 2015- 2016. U Thant Shin said school buildings still requiring repairs will be fixed by the ministry in fiscal 2016- 2017."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
Format/size: pdf (69K)
Date of entry/update: 25 May 2015
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Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 14 May, 2015: Amyotha Hluttaw discusses measures to ease traffic congestion in big cities
Date of publication: 15 May 2015
Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 14 May—Dr Myat Nyana Soe of the fourth constituency in Yangon Region on Thursday asked the Amyotha Hluttaw about measures to ease the increasing traffic congestion in big cities. U Chan Maung, Deputy Minister for Rail Transportation, responded that the Yangon Region government’s efforts to solve the problem include the construction of flyovers, designation of no-parking roads and bus lanes, installation of Japanese-model automatic traffic control systems, and increased tolls for vehicles entering Yangon. Regarding a question about vehicle registration and registration renewal, the deputy minister said vehicle inspection fees range from K5,00 to K10,000, and registration fees from K15,00 to K40,000."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
Format/size: pdf (64K)
Date of entry/update: 25 May 2015
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Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 18 May, 2015: Region and state governments release orders and directives for reducing use of plastic bags [incl. system change for releasing the result of matriculation examination+Thahtay hydropower project+measures against the use of p
Date of publication: 19 May 2015
Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 18 May—Amyotha Hluttaw continued for the 49th-day session Monday. With regard to the question raised by U Phone Myint Aung of Yangon Region Constituency No 3 on change of system for releasing the result of matriculation examination, Dep-uty Minister for Education U Thant Shin said that the Ministry of Education will release the result of matriculation examination through its website and hardcopy on the designated date. U Myint Hlaing of Rakhine State Constituency No 12 asked about annual fund, equipment, generator and related materials for completion of Thahtay hydropower project in Rakhine State in 2018-19 fiscal year. Deputy Minister for Electric Power U Aung Than Oo said that funds will be sought for implementation of the project. Generator and related equipment will be imported in coming fiscal year for timely completion of the project. U Khin Maung (a) U Aung Kyaw Oo of Rakhine State Constituency No 3 asked about measures against use of plastic bags by the State. Deputy Minister for Health Dr Daw Thein Thein Htay replied that region and state governments released orders and directives on prohibition of using plastic bags under the environmental conservation law. The Department of Health cooperates with Development Affairs Committee in reducing use of plastic bags for environmental conservation. The Amyotha Hluttaw decided to submit controversial points between two Hluttaws in the bill amending the National Education Law to the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw. U Min Oo of Bago Region Constituency No 7 discussed it needs to improve the 1954 Buddhist Women Special Marriage and Inheritance Act in conformity with the present time. If not, the new law should be drafted in line with the human rights of the constitution, Universal Declaration of Human Rights and international treaties signed by Myanmar. Daw Khin Waing Kyi of Yangon Region Constituency No 1 also discussed that it is necessary to draft a marriage law for Myanmar women to protect their rights."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
Format/size: pdf (75K)
Date of entry/update: 25 May 2015
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Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 12 May, 2015: No discrimination against degree holders of universities of distance education, according to chairman of UCSB [incl. Concerns on distance education+pension extension for teachers+proposal to amend the anti-human trafficking
Date of publication: 13 May 2015
Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 12 May — Deputy Minister for Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development U Khin Maung Aye explained arrangements for water supply at the Pyithu Hluttaw session on Tuesday. The government was able to build 4,268 water supply facilities for 3,949 villages in 2014-2015 fiscal year and a total of 3,957 water supply facilities for 3,662 villages in 2015-2016 fiscal year, the deputy minister said. Another question at the session concerning discrimination against graduates from universities of distance education, Chairman of Union Civil Services Board U Kyaw Thu said that the board has never discriminate between degree- holders of universities of distance education and those of other universities in its written tests, interviews and all those who are qualified for good civil servants are chosen for government posts. For the question whether the government has plans to extend the pension age of experienced rectors, professors, teachers and law officers, Chairman U Kyaw Thu said that pension age of civil servants in Myanmar has been designated based on requirements of Myanmar as well as on those of other ASEAN countries and extension of pension age in Myanmar may result in fewer opportunities for promotion of civil servants while it will encourage youth employment. The chairman said it is inappropriate for Myanmar to extend the pension age at the moment. The session put on record the proposal by a representative to amend the anti-human trafficking law. Representative at the session were also informed at the session of the appointment of U Ko Ko Naing (Retired Maj-Gen) as a member to the Pyithu Hluttaw Legal and Special Cases Assessment Commission."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
Format/size: pdf (73K)
Date of entry/update: 25 May 2015
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Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 13 May, 2015: Deputy Attorney-General says 66 laws need amending, 33 repealing and replacing: Pyithu Hluttaw [incl. land issue+age-old watercraft use+ a report on health care for villagers of Kyaukkyi Township]
Date of publication: 14 May 2015
Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 13 May — The parliament has found 66 laws to be amended and 33 repealed and replaced since its inception in March 2011, said U Tun Tun Oo, Deputy Attorney- General, at the Pyithu Hluttaw here on Wednesday. Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Brig-Gen Kyaw Zan Myint, responding to complaints about land grabs, said the Central Committee for Land Management is dealing with cases and will submit a progress report to parliament on individual complaints left to be scrutinized. In connection with the replacement of age-old watercraft used in Rakhine State, Deputy Minister for Transport U Han Sein explained measures for strict supervision over vessel conditions, life-saving materials, seating capacity and cargo loading. He added assistance has been sought from Japan for vessels in need of replacement. Brig-Gen Htay Naing, who is a Defence Services personnel representative, submitted a report on health care for villagers of Kyaukkyi Township in Bago Region who have suffered various physical impairments."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
Format/size: pdf (71K)
Date of entry/update: 25 May 2015
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Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 14 May, 2015: Pyithu Hluttaw discusses special allowances for defence services personnel [incl. Treatment for hepatitis-C+repealing the Law for Protection of State Constitution 1959]
Date of publication: 15 May 2015
Description/subject: "The government has no plan at the moment to give allowances equal to their salaries to defence services personnel who are discharging duties in military and security operations, Deputy Minister for Defence Maj- Gen Kyaw Nyunt said at Pyithu Hluttaw session on Thursday. The deputy minister was responding to a question raised by a representative whether the government has plans to give special allowances for military operations. However, all defence services personnel, from privates to generals, are entitled to the allowances of K 10,000 per month for hardship and risks involved in their job, the deputy minister added. Salaries for defence services personnel are the same for those who are discharging duties in military operation and those who are performing ordinary duties, according to the deputy minister. Deputy Minister for Health Dr Daw Thein Thein Htay responded to the question whether the government has plan to treat hepatitis-C. The deputy minister said that there is no plan at the moment to treat hepatitis- C but plans are underway to conduct a survey for outbreaks of hepatitis in the entire country in 2015 in order to collect country representative data in cooperation with Department of Healthcare, Department of Public Health, Medical Research Department, Heart Foundation and Clinton Health Foundation. Based on the data from the survey, future tasks will be selected and implemented, the deputy minister said. Representative U Thein Nyunt submitted the bill to repeal the Law for Protection of State Constitution 1959."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
Format/size: pdf (67K)
Date of entry/update: 25 May 2015
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Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 18 May, 2015: Plan to dredge six main drains in Myawady [incl. Kyaw Hlwan Moe and Brothers Company+Waw market entrance+drains in Myawady+bills of Pyithu Hluttaw Election Law, Amyotha Hluttaw Election Law, State Hluttaw Election Law]
Date of publication: 19 May 2015
Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 18 may—At the 47th-day session of Pyithu Hluttaw Monday, Daw Khin Than Myint of Ngaputaw Constituency asked about breeding of fish, prawn and crab by Kyaw Hlwan Moe and Brothers Company on the sandbank of Thetkethaung Village-tract in Hainggyikyun, Ngaputaw Township. Deputy Minister at the President Office U Kyaw Kyaw Win replied that Hainggyikyun Township Fisheries Department did not issue permit for the company. The department allowed work licence for the sandbank through tender yearly but the sandbank has been designated as a common fishing plot since 2011. Arrangements will be made for convenience of fishing workers. U Myint Shwe of Waw Constituency asked whether there is a plan to re-allow the road area as entrance and exit of the market of Waw or not as a land plot was allotted at the entrance to the market. Deputy Minister U Kyaw Kyaw Win replied that if the entrance and exit of the market are included in the original plan, the grant for the land plot will be cancelled. U Than Oo of Myawady Constituency asked about dredging of main drains in Myawady with the budget of the union government. The deputy minister said that a plan is underway to dredge six drains in 4.5 miles long from 2014-15 to 2020-21 fiscal year with K985.20 million fund. The Hluttaw invited MPs to discuss the bill on second amendment of Pyithu Hluttaw Election Law, the bill on second amendment of Amyotha Hluttaw Election Law and the bill on second amendment of Region or State Hluttaw Election Law."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
Format/size: pdf (73K)
Date of entry/update: 25 May 2015
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Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 19, May 2015: Contractors to be blacklisted for disqualified school buildings [incl. allotment of land plots for new villages+constructing and repairing teachers and staff quarters in Yesagyo Township+Lower Myanmar Town and Village Act]
Date of publication: 20 May 2015
Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 19 May — U Soe Aung of Thegon Constituency asked about allotment of land plots as a 6x120-foot-area each for new village including a warehouse for crops, a plot for winnowing, cattle farm and feedstuff pile at Tuesday’s session of Pyithu Hluttaw. Deputy Minister at the President Office U Aung Thein replied that as new village must be formed with areas of school, monastery, dispensary, market and rural roads, each land plot with 120 feet in length and 60 feet in width will be allotted to local residents in new village depending on the designated area. U Aung Thein Lin of South Okkalapa Constituency asked a question on ways to take action against construction companies for building disqualified foundations of schools. Deputy Minister for Education U Thant Shin said that action is being taken the construction companies for reconstruction of disqualified buildings, substitution those who offended the disciplines of the contract with new ones, announcement of a blacklist for construction entrepreneurs for disqualified structures. With regard to ques-tion on construction of staff quarters for teachers at Basic Education High School in poor transport areas in Yesagyo Township and repairing of staff quarters raised by U Tin Htay Aung of Yesagyo Constituency, the deputy minister replied that a budget for K442.8 million has been earmarked to repair and construct 17 basic education schools in Yesagyo Township in 2015- 16 fiscal year and there is no plan to construct staff quarters and school buildings. The Hluttaw invited MPs to discuss the bill amending Lower Myanmar Town and Village Lands Act."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
Format/size: pdf (73K)
Date of entry/update: 25 May 2015
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Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 12 May, 2015: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw gives green light to $400m loan from World Bank
Date of publication: 13 May 2015
Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 12 May — Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on Tuesday approved borrowing US$400 million loan from the World Bank. U Nu, a member of Joint Public Accounts Committee, suggested the loan should be agreed as the Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development is carrying out compulsory services for livelihoods of rural populace, while it is promoting the capabilities of government staff, the early response system to natural disaster and the emergency management. He added that the ministry needs the loans to expand implementation of people-centered projects for rural people. Daw Khin San Hlaing, MP from Pale Township constituency, said service charge of 0.7 percent on the loan for more than 30 years will cost millions of dollar, adding that the loans should be used effectively. U Kyaw Khaing Win, a member of Pyithu Hluttaw’s Banks and Financial Development Committee, said the management of the World Bank has agreed the proposed plans which will be implemented by this loan. He also urged the ministry should submit the criteria and reasons to the Hluttaw for implementing the projects in selected townships. Deputy Minister for Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development U Tin Ngwe and Deputy Minister for National Planning and Economic Development Daw Lei Lei Thein discussed on the suggestions of Mps."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
Format/size: pdf (70K)
Date of entry/update: 25 May 2015
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Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 14 May, 2015: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw urged to extend period of state of emergency in Kokang [incl. bills on rights of disabled person, population control, health care, inland vessels and nursing and maternity]
Date of publication: 15 May 2015
Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 14 May — Union Minister for Defence Lt-Gen Wai Lwin on Thursday called for the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw to extend the period of the state of emergency imposed in line with the presidential ordinance for another 90 days as the situation in the self-administered Kokang area has not yet returned to normal. More time is needed as security, stability, economy and the legal system in Kokang of Shan State are still below normal, the defence union minister said. A state of emergency with a three-month period of martial law has been declared in the area since 17 February 2015. The period is due on 17 May. The proposal is expected to be brought to parliament for approval on 15 May. The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw approved four bills on rights of disabled persons, population control and health care, inland vessels, and nursing and maternity."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
Format/size: pdf (68K)
Date of entry/update: 25 May 2015
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Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 15 May, 2015: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw approves call to extend ‘state of emergency’ period
Date of publication: 16 May 2015
Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 15 May — Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann sought approval from the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on Friday of the extension of the state of emergency for another 90 days in the Kokang self-administered area in Shan State, with members of parliament speaking in support of the extension. A state of emergency with a three-month period of martial law has been declared in the area since 17 February 2015, and expires on 17 May. MPs condemned acts of disturbance orchestrated by destructive elements, calling for the parliament to put on record whoever makes efforts to remove threats to national security. They shared their sympathy with families of soldiers wounded and killed in defence of the country, stressing the need to join hands with the army to ensure stability and rule of law in the reigon. “The issue of Laukkai is a national rather than local concern, so collective participation and cooperation is individual responsibility,” an MP said. Union Defence Minister Lt-Gen Wai Lwin expounded the handling of situations in Laukkai, including military operations, security, and economic and judicial affairs."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
Format/size: pdf (67K)
Date of entry/update: 25 May 2015
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Title: "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") Monday 13 May, 2013
Date of publication: 13 May 2013
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (4.7MB-reduced version; 24MB-original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/Mirror2013-05-13.pdf
Date of entry/update: 25 May 2015
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Title: "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") Tuesday 14 May, 2013
Date of publication: 14 May 2013
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (4.8MB-reduced version; 23MB-original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/Mirror2013-05-14.pdf
Date of entry/update: 25 May 2015
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Title: "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") Wednesday 15 May, 2013
Date of publication: 15 May 2013
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (4.1MB-reduced version; 24MB-original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/Mirror2013-05-15.pdf
Date of entry/update: 25 May 2015
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Title: "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") Thursday 16 May, 2013
Date of publication: 16 May 2013
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (25MB)
Date of entry/update: 25 May 2015
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Title: "The Global New Light of Myanmar" Sunday 24 May, 2015
Date of publication: 24 May 2015
Description/subject: DOMESTIC NEWS: President U Thein Sein: smooth transition to democracy govt’s first priority...Myanmar approves investment worth $2.2 billion in April...Dr Sai Mauk Kham makes inspection tours of housing projects in Lashio...Boat people receive humanitarian assistance in western Myanmar...Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann honours wounded army members in Lashio...‘Pleasant time of May’ welcomes advent of monsoon...Co-op ministry provides K224 bn in loans to 2 million households...Diamond orb, umbrella to be reinstalled at Pahtodawgyi Pagoda in Amarapura...Police crack down on alcohol-related crime around moat...New bridge links villages in Hinthada Tsp...Tree-planting project aims to increase shade in Mandalay...New school buildings opened in Ayeyawady Region..... EXTERNAL RELATIONS: As Bangladesh is friendly neighbour of Myanmar, issue of boat people will be resolved amicably..... "PERSPECTIVES": "Residents can play part in tackling seasonal floods" by Aung Khin..... ARTICLES: "The last old Myanmar capital city “Ratanapon” [Mandalay] Part V" by Maha Saddhamma Jotika dhaja Sithu Dr. Khin Maung Nyunt..."The Glorious Spirit" by Kyi Mun
Language: English
Source/publisher: The Global New Light of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (2.3MB)
Date of entry/update: 24 May 2015
RR > News - Daily newspapers produced by the Government of Burma/Myanmar (archive from June 2003) > "The [Global] New Light of Myanmar", "Kyemon" and "Myanmar Alin" > "The Global New Light of Myanmar" 2015


Title: "Myanmar Alin" Sunday 24 May, 2015
Date of publication: 24 May 2015
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (11MB)
Date of entry/update: 24 May 2015
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Title: "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") Saturday 23 May, 2015
Date of publication: 23 May 2015
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (23MB)
Date of entry/update: 24 May 2015
RR > News - Daily newspapers produced by the Government of Burma/Myanmar (archive from June 2003) > "The [Global] New Light of Myanmar", "Kyemon" and "Myanmar Alin" > "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") archive > "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") 2015


Title: "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") Sunday 24 May, 2015
Date of publication: 24 May 2015
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (7MB)
Date of entry/update: 24 May 2015
RR > News - Daily newspapers produced by the Government of Burma/Myanmar (archive from June 2003) > "The [Global] New Light of Myanmar", "Kyemon" and "Myanmar Alin" > "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") archive > "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") 2015


Title: "The Global New Light of Myanmar" Saturday 23 May, 2015
Date of publication: 23 May 2015
Description/subject: HLUTTAW SESSIONS:- PYIDAUNGSU HLUTTAW: Urgent proposal submitted to suspend tender invitation for land plot of Yeku broadcast station: "Nay Pyi Taw, 22 May — Union Minister for Construction U Kyaw Lwin discussed borrowing $137.833 million from Economic Development Cooperation Fund of the Republic of Korea while deputy ministers from Ministry of Electric Power, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Finance reported on borrowing Japanese Yen 25,888 million from Japan International Cooperation Agency for implementing the projects at the 48th-day session of Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Friday. The Hluttaw invited MPs to discuss the loans. MPs discussed reviews over paragraphs No 24 to 33 of the report of the joint commission for reviewing employees and employers rights to be able to set the minimum wage. U Tin Htut of Zalun constituency discussed progress of the investigation commission for loss of people in confiscation of farmlands and other lands. U Aung Thein Lin of South Okkalapa Constituency in Yangon Region submitted an urgent proposal to suspend the tender invitation for handing over a 90-acre land plot of old Yeku broadcast station in Mayangon Township to private entrepreneurs. Dr Nay Lin of Seikkan Constituency seconded the proposal."..... DOMESTIC NEWS: Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Kham hails newly launched National Archives Department...Ethnic armed groups to discuss ceasefire accord at June 2-6 summit in Lawkheelah...Myanmar navy rescues hundreds of boat people off western coast...Tatmadaw captures Point 1788 hillock...UEC releases dates for electoral roll announcements...Silt removed from Taungthaman Lake to prevent fish deaths...Election sub-commission meets township authorities...Residents complete construction of wooden bridge in Lewe Tsp...Electricity supply launched in Tatkon Township...School building, village administration office opened in Nyaunglebin Tsp...Entrepreneurs gather at Myanmar Business Forum...Phone Creek bridge under construction in Yinmabin...Mandalay Region’s Chief Justice addresses judges...ESE official distributes stoves to conserve environment...Rural Development Department manages upgrading of inter-village road..... EXTERNAL RELATIONS: Myanmar to host 7th Summit of CLMV, 6th Summit of ACMECS in Nay Pyi Taw...Dy FM attends 13th East Asia Forum in ROK...Vice President U Nyan Tun meets Myanmar sports contingent to 28th SEA Games...Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker meets Indian Foreign Secretary...Myanmar, India to promote cooperation in new sectors..... "PERSPECTIVES": "Consumption of basic necessities should not be discouraged" by Myint Win Thein..... ARTICLE: "Investing in Myanmar’s People and Ending Poverty" by Ulrich Zachau
Language: English
Source/publisher: The Global New Light of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (1.9MB)
Date of entry/update: 23 May 2015
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Title: "Myanmar Alin" Saturday 23 May, 2015
Date of publication: 23 May 2015
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (4MB and 7MB-reduced versions; 12MB-original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/23.May_.15_mal-op.pdf
http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/23.May_.15_mal.pdf
Date of entry/update: 23 May 2015
RR > News - Daily newspapers produced by the Government of Burma/Myanmar (archive from June 2003) > "The [Global] New Light of Myanmar", "Kyemon" and "Myanmar Alin" > "Myanmar Alin" > "Myanmar Alin" 2015


Title: Follow-up to the resolution concerning remaining measures on the subject of Myanmar adopted by the Conference at its 102nd Session (2013) - Review of the situation in Myanmar on issues relating to ILO activities...
Date of publication: 04 March 2015
Description/subject: "Follow-up to the resolution concerning remaining measures on the subject of Myanmar adopted by the Conference at its 102nd Session (2013) - Review of the situation in Myanmar on issues relating to ILO activities, including forced labour, freedom of association, and the impact of foreign investment on decent working conditions The document provides an update on ILO activities in Myanmar as required by the resolution adopted by the International Labour Conference at its 102nd Session (2013)."
Language: English
Source/publisher: International Labour Office (GB.323/INS/4)
Format/size: pdf (297K-reduced version; 356K-original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---ed_norm/---relconf/documents/meetingdocument/wcms_348466...
Date of entry/update: 23 May 2015
ML > International Labour Organisation (ILO) > Governing Body of the International Labour Office > Governing Body of the International Labour Office (English)


Title: Follow-up to the resolution concerning remaining measures on the subject of Myanmar adopted by the Conference at its 10 2nd Session (201 3 ) - Addendum - Draft decision
Date of publication: 25 March 2015
Description/subject: Draft decision: "1. The Governing Body notes that while progress has been made, a number of fundamental activities required under the Action Plan for the Elimination of Forced Labour in Myanmar by 2015 have not yet been implemented. In that context the Governing Body: (a) requests the Director-General to prepare a report for consideration at the November 2015 session of the Governing Body on the implementation and possible need for extension of the Action Plan, the status of any outstanding individual cases including those specifically referred to in the report, and steps necessary to ensure prosecution and accountability of those who have exacted forced labour; and (b) calls on the Government of Myanmar to take all necessary actions to ensure compliance with the Forced Labour Convention, 1930 (No. 29), and requests the Government to submit, in November 2015, a report on the measures it will take to do so in the shortest possible time."
Language: English
Source/publisher: International Labour Office (GB.323/INS/4-Add)
Format/size: pdf (55K-reduced version; 80K-original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---ed_norm/---relconf/documents/meetingdocument/wcms_357226...
Date of entry/update: 23 May 2015
ML > International Labour Organisation (ILO) > Governing Body of the International Labour Office > Governing Body of the International Labour Office (English)


Title: Further review of remaining measures previously adopted by the International Labour Conference under article 33 of the ILO Constitution to secure compliance by Myanmar with the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry (debate and resolution)
Date of publication: 18 June 2013
Description/subject: Reports of the Selection Committee - Second report - International Labour Conference Provisional Record 102nd Session, Geneva, June 2013
Language: English
Source/publisher: International Labour Office (ILC2013-PR-2-4)
Format/size: pdf (211K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---ed_norm/---relconf/documents/meetingdocument/wcms_223787...
http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---ed_norm/---relconf/documents/meetingdocument/wcms_216228...
Date of entry/update: 23 May 2015
ML > International Labour Organisation (ILO) > International Labour Conference > International Labour Conference (English)


Title: International Labour Conference - 102nd Session, Geneva, June 2013: Provisional Record 17 (section on Myanmar)
Date of publication: 18 June 2013
Description/subject: SECOND REPORT OF THE SELECTION COMMITTEE: Fifteenth sitting Tuesday, 18 June 2013, 2.45 p.m. Submission, discussion and approval... The PRESIDENT: "We shall now move to the second item on our agenda, the examination of the second report of the Selection Committee, contained in Provisional Re­cord No. 2-4. The appendix to the report contains a resolution concerning remaining measures on the subject of Myanmar..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: International Labour Office
Format/size: pdf (197K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---ed_norm/---relconf/documents/meetingdocument/wcms_216593... (full record)
Date of entry/update: 23 May 2015
ML > International Labour Organisation (ILO) > International Labour Conference > International Labour Conference (English)


Title: A dangerous path for Myanmar
Date of publication: 15 April 2015
Description/subject: "This week in Myanmar the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw passed a law that gives regional governments the right to restrict how many children a woman has, legally enshrining a human rights breach found in few other countries in the world – with the notable exception of China..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Myanmar Times"
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 23 May 2015
ML > Law and Constitution > Economic, Social and Cultural issues > Family/matrimonial/personal Law > Laws, decrees, bills and regulations relating to Family/Matrimonial/Personal Law (commentary)


Title: Burma: Revoke ‘Two-Child Policy’ For Rohingya
Date of publication: 28 May 2013
Description/subject: Coerced Birth Control Reflects Broader Persecution of Muslim Minority ... "Burma’s government should publicly revoke a discriminatory population control regulation that restricts Rohingya Muslims to having two children. Implementation of this policy is consistent with the wider persecution of the largely stateless Rohingya, violating international human rights protections, and endangering women’s physical and mental health..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Human Rights Watch
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 23 May 2015
ML > Law and Constitution > Economic, Social and Cultural issues > Family/matrimonial/personal Law > Laws, decrees, bills and regulations relating to Family/Matrimonial/Personal Law (commentary)


Title: Non-Refoulement (Chapter 4 of "The Refugee in International Law")
Date of publication: 1996
Description/subject: "The principle of non-refoulement prescribes, broadly, that no refugee should be returned to any country where he or she is likely to face persecution or torture. In this chapter, the scope of the principle is examined against the background of a number of recurring issues: the question of ‘risk’; the personal scope of the principle, including its application to certain categories of asylum seekers such as stowaways or those arriving directly by boat; exceptions to the principle; extraterritorial application; extradition; and the ‘contingent’ application of the principle in situations of mass influx. The possible application of non-refoulement or an analogous principle of refuge to those outside the 1951 Convention/1967 Protocol is also considered, as is the relationship between non-refoulement and asylum. The analysis takes account of the increasing number of references to non- refoulement..." Extracted (with permission) from "The Refugee in International Law" by Guy S. Goodwin-Gill
Author/creator: Guy S. Goodwin-Gill
Language: English
Source/publisher: OUP
Format/size: pdf (327K) - 54 pages
Date of entry/update: 23 May 2015
ML > Refugees > Refoulement, push-backs and rejection at borders


Title: "The Global New Light of Myanmar" Friday 22 May, 2015
Date of publication: 22 May 2015
Description/subject: HLUTTAW SESSIONS:- PYIDAUNGSU HLUTTAW: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw session covers land disputes, labour issues: "Nay Pyi Taw, 21 May — The Central Committee for Management of Land Use will cooperate with parliament to resolve some 8,000 outstanding land disputes, Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Brig- Gen Kyaw Zan Myint told the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw session on Thursday. The deputy minister was reporting on work done by the central committee to prevent losses to the public due to confiscation of land including farms. The central committee is handling all complaints on land confiscation including those sent to the president and the vice presidents, according to the deputy minister. The central committee looked into a total of 10,225 land disputes, with 119,328.678 acres of land returned to former owners as of 15 May, 2015 in addition to 224,403.079 acres released by ministries and private companies, the deputy minister said. Deputy Minister for Labour, Employment and Social Security Daw Win Maw Tun reported to the session on work of the ministry, saying the labour organizations law of 2014, the social security law of 2012, the minimum wage law, the employment and skills development law, and the law amending the leave and public holiday law (1951) have been enacted while four other laws have been repealed. She added that efforts are also being made to complete new bills for foreign workers and worksite health and safety. The ministry is also taking measures for state and private sector workers in special economic zones and industrial zones, as well as to protect Myanmar migrant workers in other countries. A representative of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw submitted a motion during the session urging the combined houses of parliament and the union government to submit and approve a bill to exempt mobile phone subscribers from a 5 percent commercial tax on their prepaid phone charges in fiscal 2015-2016."...PYITHU HLUTTAW: Pyithu Hluttaw continues for 50th day: "Nay Pyi Taw, 21 May — Dr Soe Yin of Kamayut Constituency asked about a complaint for a five-storey building at No 54/A on Thiri Mingala Street in Ward 8 in Kamayut Township under permission of YCDC at the 50th-day session of Pyithu Hluttaw Thursday. Deputy Minister at the President office U Kyaw Kyaw Win replied that YCDC allowed construction of the five-storey building in line with the existing rules of the committee although local residents have made complaints over its construction. With regard to a question raised by U Min Swe of DaikU Constituency, the deputy minister said that although the local authorities have demanded the budget in 2015-16 fiscal year, works of dredging Dayemee and Akyaung creeks and other silted creeks in DaikU Township in the open season. Dr Maung Maung Swe of Kyaukdaga Constituency asked about timetable for repairing the road linking Yangon-Mandalay Highway with KhinIngyi, Bogon and Hsabyin villages. Deputy Minister for Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development U Tin Ngwe replied that the rural development fund of the ministry this fiscal year does not include the repairing of the road but the ministry will undertake rural development tasks on priority. Pyithu Hluttaw Bill Committee member U Khin Maung Shwe submitted a report on bill amending the 2012 Amyotha Hluttaw Law."..... OTHER DOMESTIC NEWS: Low pressure over Bay of Bengal no longer influential: weather bureau...Senior General describes country of origin as top priority in troubled boat people issue...Stability in Rakhine State enables new development focus: vice president...Vice President U Nyan Tun says Myanmar fulfilling int’l duties on boat people...Construction begins for civil servant housing in Nay Pyi Taw...Kachin State government to fund water supply to Dawphonyan...Teachers, departmental staff arrive back Laukkai...Heavy rainfall damages bunds, dam embankments in Thazi Tsp...Nay Pyi Taw MCWSC provides cash and rice to nunnery...Free clinic volunteers receive recognition for service...Township officials inspect development works in Myanaung Tsp...Tailoring course improves job skills, employment prospects...Departmental officials disseminate prevention of narcotic drugs to students...Future Farmer of Myanmar...Telenor plans expansion of education programme for child workers...Development of Myanmar’s rice sector discussed..... EXTERNAL RELATIONS: Myanmar, U.S. focus on combating people smuggling, trafficking...S. Korea-Myanmar forum aims to boost bilateral trade, investment...Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker receives US deputy secretary of state, EU Ambassador...Union FM receives Indonesian, U.S. and Malaysian guests...Int’l tour operators view Myanmar attractions, attend conference...UEC Chairman, EU Ambassador exchange views on process of 2015 general elections...USAID announces partnership to train aspiring engineers in Southeast Asian countries...Iran emerges champion in 1st Asian U-23 Man’s Volleyball Championship, Myanmar stands 5th position on table..... "PERSPECTIVES": "Tax should not be a bitter pill for people to swallow" by Kyaw Thura..... ARTICLE: "Keep our youths sober" by Myo Myint
Language: English
Source/publisher: The Global New Light of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (2.4MB)
Date of entry/update: 22 May 2015
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Title: The implementation of rules protecting the provision of health care in armed conflicts and other emergencies: A guidance tool
Date of publication: 28 February 2015
Description/subject: TABLE OF CONTENTS: INTRODUCTORY REMARKS... INTERNATIONAL LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR PROTECTING THE PROVISION OF HEALTH CARE... DOMESTIC IMPLEMENTATION MEASURES: Protection for the wounded and sick, health-care personnel and facilities, and medical transports ; Legal and regulatory measures ; Dissemination and training measures; Coordination and institutional capacity measures ; Rules on health-care ethics and medical confidentiality; Legal and regulatory measures; Dissemination and training measures; Coordination and institutional capacity measures; Use of the distinctive emblems protected under international humanitarian law (IHL); and of other signs to identify health-care providers ; Legal and regulatory measures; Dissemination and training measures; Sanctions: Sanctioning violations against health-care personnel and facilities and medical transports ; Legal and regulatory measures; Dissemination and training measures; Coordination and institutional capacity measures... ANNEX 1: International Legal Framework... ANNEX 2: Recommendations from the Workshop on Domestic Normative Frameworks for the Protection of the Provision of Health Care (Brussels, 29-31 January 2014)... ANNEX 3: Checklist of Measures for the Domestic Implementation of International Rules Protecting the Provision of Health Care... ANNEX 4: Table of Treaties and Abbreviations... BIBLIOGRAPHY.
Language: English
Source/publisher: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Format/size: pdf (200K)
Date of entry/update: 22 May 2015
ML > Health > Threats to Health > Conflict and health, including violations of humanitarian and human rights standards as threats to health


Title: "Myanmar Alin" Friday 22 May, 2015
Date of publication: 22 May 2015
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (5.8MB-reduced version; 10MB-original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/22.Mar_.15_mal.pdf
Date of entry/update: 22 May 2015
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Title: "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") Friday 22 May, 2015
Date of publication: 22 May 2015
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (3.5MB-reduced version; 8.4MB-original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/22.May_.15_KM.pdf
Date of entry/update: 22 May 2015
RR > News - Daily newspapers produced by the Government of Burma/Myanmar (archive from June 2003) > "The [Global] New Light of Myanmar", "Kyemon" and "Myanmar Alin" > "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") archive > "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") 2015


Title: Trends, drivers and impacts of changes in swidden cultivation in tropical forest-agriculture frontiers: A global assessment
Date of publication: 2012
Description/subject: Nathalie van Vliet , Ole Mertz , Andreas Heinimann , Tobias Langanke , Unai Pascual , , Birgit Schmook , Cristina Adams , Dietrich Schmidt-Vogt , Peter Messerli , Stephen Leisz , Jean-Christophe Castella , Lars Jørgensen , Torben Birch-Thomsen , Cornelia Hett , Thilde Bech-Bruun , Amy Ickowitz , Kim Chi Vu , Kono Yasuyuki , Jefferson Fox , Christine Padoch , Wolfram Dressler , Alan D. Ziegler.....Abstract: "This meta-analysis of land-cover transformations of the past 10–15 years in tropical forest-agriculture frontiers world-wide shows that swidden agriculture decreases in landscapes with access to local, national and international markets that encourage cattle production and cash cropping, including biofuels. Conservation policies and practices also accelerate changes in swidden by restricting forest clearing and encouraging commercial agriculture. However, swidden remains important in many frontier areas where farmers have unequal or insecure access to investment and market opportunities, or where multi- functionality of land uses has been preserved as a strategy to adapt to current ecological, economic and political circumstances. In some areas swidden remains important simply because intensification is not a viable choice, for example when population densities and/or food market demands are low. The transformation of swidden landscapes into more intensive land uses has generally increased household incomes, but has also led to negative effects on the social and human capital of local communities to varying degrees.From an environmentalperspective, the transition from swidden to other land uses oftencontributes to permanent deforestation, loss of biodiversity, increased weed pressure, declines in soil fertility, and accelerated soil erosion. Our prognosis is that, despite the global trend towards land use intensification, in many areas swidden will remain part of rural landscapes as the safety component of diversified systems, particularly in response to risks and uncertainties associated with more intensive land use systems."
Author/creator: Nathalie van Vliet et al
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Global Environmental Change" 22 (2012) 418-429
Format/size: pdf (1.89K)
Date of entry/update: 22 May 2015
ML > Agriculture > Shifting ("swidden", "jhum", "taungya", "kaingin") cultivation - regional and global


Title: Roots and Resources - global and regional experience and analysis
Description/subject: Link to another sub-section of the Library
Language: English
Source/publisher: Online Burma/Myanmar Library
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 22 May 2015
ML > Environment (being reorganised and extended) > The global environment > The global environment - resources


Title: Myanmar's $6 billion illegal timber trade
Date of publication: 26 March 2014
Description/subject: "New analysis of Burma's forestry and trade data points to a multi-billion dollar illegal logging and exports black hole - indicating widespread criminality and official corruption."...Article based on EIA's "Data Corruption"
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Ecologist"
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 22 May 2015
ML > Forests and forest peoples > The forests and forest peoples of Burma/Myanmar > Human activity in the forests of Burma/Myanmar > Timber trade


Title: "The Global New Light of Myanmar" Thursday 21 May, 2015
Date of publication: 21 May 2015
Description/subject: HLUTTAW SESSIONS:- PYITHU HLUTTAW: Coal fired power plant projects to go ahead: "Nay Pyi Taw, 20 May — Coal fired power plant projects will not be cancelled as electricity consumption in Myanmar is increasing by13 to 15 percent annually, said Deputy Minister for Electric Power U Aung Than Oo to Pyithu Hluttaw session on Wednesday. MP Daw Tin Tin Yi from Kyunsu constituency asked the government’s plan whether the coal fired projects would be cancelled amidst the protest of local people. Myanmar has 43 power stations with installation capacity of 4,987 MW generated 69 percent from hydropower, 29 percent from natural gas and 2 percent from coal, while only 30 percent of households across the country get electricity. The deputy minister said Myanmar needs to construct more power plants to be able to generate 23,594 MW in 2030- 2031 to distribute electricity the whole country. Regarding query of Myanaung constituency’s Pyithu Hluttaw MP U Aung Sein about electricity distribution to Myanaung township from national grid, U Aung Than Oo said preliminary surveys are being carried out to construct a 33-KV power station by using bio-fuel and wind powers alternatively. He added that the project will be implemented depending on budget allocation and low-interest from local or foreign loans. Myanaung township is about five nautical miles from nearest Yanbye Township. Deputy Minister for Labour, Employment and Social Security U Htin Aung replied to the query of Kanpetlet constituency MP Thura U Aung Ko whether Myanmar seafarers could join shipping companies in Taipei (China). U Htin Aung said Myanmar sailor associations can also practice similar trend like the Myanmar Seafarers Federation."..... NOTIFICATIONS: Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Union Election Commission, Nay Pyi Taw:- Notification No.12/2015, 3rd Waxing Day of Nayon, 1377 ME (20 May, 2015): Guiding Star Party allowed to register as political party...Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Union Election Commission, Nay Pyi Taw: Notification No.13/2015, 3rd Waxing Day of Nayon, 1377 ME (20 May, 2015): Red Shan (Tailai) and Northern Shan Ethnics Solidarity Party allowed to register as political party..... OTHER DOMESTIC NEWS: President U Thein Sein accepts golden rice award for promoting rice production...Low pressure persists over Bay of Bengal...Operators of Yangon’s first taxi call service aim to launch service soon...Myanmar educationalist brings honorary doctorate home...Information for Public Remonstration...ABU Radio Song Festival 2015 on 29 May...88 New Generation Democracy Party applies for registration as political party...Vice President urges Rakhine State authorities to stop human trafficking, transnational crimes...JCGV cinemas commissioned in Mandalay...Outstanding trainees in Buddhist cultural course honoured in Myanaung...MWEA holds annual general meeting...IPRD officials donate book for village libraries...Teaches attend scout instructor course in Taninthayi Region...Farmers and agricultural staff take course in climate-friendly agriculture...Housing for low-income families under construction in Aungmyethazan Tsp...Trainees receive caps and coats at Meiktila Nurses Training School...Modern technology for cement production introduced..... EXTERNAL RELATIONS: President U Thein Sein accepts golden rice award for promoting rice production...Myanmar educationalist brings honorary doctorate home...Ho Chi Min City Trade, Services and Tourism Expo 2015 opens...Public Expenditure Management Network in Asia kicks off...Myanmar, Vietnamese businessmen focus on investment, trade and tourism sectors...Myanmar, Israel discuss economic cooperation..... "PERSPECTIVES": "Sustainable strategy vital to ecotourism development" by Aung Khin..... ARTICLE: "The Challenge of Change" by Sonu Trivedi
Language: English
Source/publisher: The Global New Light of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (1.9MB)
Date of entry/update: 21 May 2015
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Title: "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") Thursday 21 May, 2015
Date of publication: 21 May 2015
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (7MB)
Date of entry/update: 21 May 2015
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Title: "Myanmar Alin" Thursday 21 May, 2015
Date of publication: 21 May 2015
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (8.2MB-reduced version; 15MB-original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/21.May_.15_mal.pdf
Date of entry/update: 21 May 2015
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Title: Can the region respond to the Rohingya crisis?
Date of publication: 21 May 2015
Description/subject: "The one-day summit scheduled for 29 May in Bangkok on the Rohingya refugee crisis poses many challenges for the region. Few regional actors are keen to see the displacement continue or escalate, but in the past, equally few have been prepared to help. The Philippines' willingness to provide humanitarian assistance is heartening, not just for the Rohingya stranded at sea but for the region as a whole. As a signatory to the Refugee Convention and a member of ASEAN, the Philippines is well placed to lead on this issue, notwithstanding its own human security, economic, social and political challenges. Its leadership offers other governments a way forward, and creates the possibility for burden sharing. Malaysia and Indonesia have now also agreed to provide temporary shelter to the thousands of Rohingya and Bangladeshis stranded at sea — another positive signal ahead of the summit. But we shouldn't underestimate the challenges that stem from the long history of neglect and abuse of the Rohingya people, one of the most persecuted groups in the world..."
Author/creator: Marie McAuliffe
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Lowey Interpreter"
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 21 May 2015
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Title: Rohingya boat people are becoming the Jews of Asia
Date of publication: 20 May 2015
Description/subject: "In the past few weeks, at least 6,000 refugees have been cut adrift in the ocean...In the past few weeks, at least 6,000 refugees have been cut adrift in the ocean, refused entry by Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. Some 300 have died this year, according to the UN. Dehydrated, emaciated and desperate, unless the situation changes rapidly, many more lives will be lost. For the Rohingya, the bulk of the refugees, there are echoes of the treatment of Jews in Europe. Many are fleeing refugee centres that have been compared to concentration camps. They are a Muslim minority in Myanmar who also live in Bangladesh. In March the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide sent a mission to Myanmar, where up to 1m Rohingya live in Rakhine state. It found they had been “subject to dehumanisation through rampant hate speech, the denial of citizenship, and restrictions on freedom of movement”. Its report concluded that the Rohingya, at least 170 of whom died in mob violence in 2012, were at “grave risk of additional mass atrocities and even genocide”..."
Author/creator: David Pilling
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Financial Times"
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 21 May 2015
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Title: Results of a Google search for "Rohingya boat people"
Date of publication: 22 May 2015
Description/subject: 10,600,000 results (22 May 2015)
Language: English
Source/publisher: Google
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 21 May 2015
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Title: Who are the Rohingya boat people?
Date of publication: 21 May 2015
Description/subject: "The 1.1 million Rohingya community – a Muslim group which claims to be descended from Arab traders – has fled in droves from their homes in Burma across south-east Asia following increasing persecution by the country's Buddhist majority. In recent years, the community has often been described by the United Nations and others as one of the most persecuted people in the world. More recently, they have been described as 'Asia's new boat people' and have been likened to the Vietnamese exodus by boat in the 1970s. The Burma government has refused to grant citizenship to the Rohingya minority, saying they are recent illegal migrants from Bangladesh. The Rohingya people say they have lived in the western state of Rakhine for generations. As Burma began shifting from a military dictatorship towards a more open democracy in 2011, tensions began to increase between Rakhine's Buddhists and Muslims, most of whom claim to be Rohingya. Hundreds have been killed in deadly riots which have often followed reports - not always verified - of rapes or murders of Buddhists. About 140,000 Rakhine Muslims have fled their homes, with many living in squalid camps. Increasingly, they have begun to flee by boat from the coastal state of Rakhine. Since January, some 25,000 Rohingya are believed to have attempted the voyage by boat to neighbouring nations. Several thousand are still at sea after being repeatedly rejected by the navies of Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia..."
Author/creator: Jonathan Pearlman,
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Telegraph" (UK)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 21 May 2015
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Title: "The Global New Light of Myanmar" Wednesday 20 May, 2015
Date of publication: 20 May 2015
Description/subject: HLUTTAW SESSIONS:- PYITHU HLUTTAW: Contractors to be blacklisted for disqualified school buildings: "Nay Pyi Taw, 19 May — U Soe Aung of Thegon Constituency asked about allotment of land plots as a 6x120-foot-area each for new village including a warehouse for crops, a plot for winnowing, cattle farm and feedstuff pile at Tuesday’s session of Pyithu Hluttaw. Deputy Minister at the President Office U Aung Thein replied that as new village must be formed with areas of school, monastery, dispensary, market and rural roads, each land plot with 120 feet in length and 60 feet in width will be allotted to local residents in new village depending on the designated area. U Aung Thein Lin of South Okkalapa Constituency asked a question on ways to take action against construction companies for building disqualified foundations of schools. Deputy Minister for Education U Thant Shin said that action is being taken the construction companies for reconstruction of disqualified buildings, substitution those who offended the disciplines of the contract with new ones, announcement of a blacklist for construction entrepreneurs for disqualified structures. With regard to ques-tion on construction of staff quarters for teachers at Basic Education High School in poor transport areas in Yesagyo Township and repairing of staff quarters raised by U Tin Htay Aung of Yesagyo Constituency, the deputy minister replied that a budget for K442.8 million has been earmarked to repair and construct 17 basic education schools in Yesagyo Township in 2015- 16 fiscal year and there is no plan to construct staff quarters and school buildings. The Hluttaw invited MPs to discuss the bill amending Lower Myanmar Town and Village Lands Act."...AMYOTHA HLUTTAW: Three steps of reform plan clarified in Amyotha Hluttaw: "Nay Pyi Taw, 19 May — Deputy Minister at the President Office U Kyaw Kyaw Win explained the three steps of government’s reform plan in response to the query of MP U Khet Htein Nan from Kachin state constituency 1 at Amyotha Hluttaw session on Tuesday. U Kyaw Kyaw Win said since the government has taken office in 2011, it adopted the first phase of reform plan namely ‘First Wave’, and formed Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, Pyithu Hluttaw and Amyotha Hluttaw along with the Union Government and State/ Region governments in accordance with 2008 Constitution. Under the ‘Second Wave’, the government made political and economic reforms in 2011; development of management on public affairs in 2012; modification of private sector. The ‘Third Wave’ initiated on 10 June 2014 includes laying a good foundation for the new democratic state and fulfilling the needs of people in social and economic sectors. The deputy minister added plans were made to foster the earlier step by the following step. Regarding company registration process suggested by U Hla Swe, MP of Magway Region constituency 12, Deputy Minister for National Planning and Economic Development Daw Lei Lei Thein said the Company Registration Office is liable for checking the needs of registration process, ,and that it is not possible to make a deep investigation on possible entrepreneurs for easy registration process. She said complaints on embezzlement and misuse can be reported to the Ministry of Home Affairs for legal actions. U Nein Khinn Paung, MP of Chin state constituency 7, asked for publication of newspapers in Zolai language, one of the Chin ethnic groups. Deputy Minister for Information U Pike Htway said there are many other ethnic languages in Chin state, and permission for Zolai language newspaper is tantamount to negligence on other minorities in Chin state, adding that it will not be allowed for this newspaper. Amyotha Hluttaw then approve the bill on amendment of Union Election Commission Law."..... OTHER DOMESTIC NEWS: Myanmar eyes 2 million tons of rice exports in 2015-16 FY...Myanmar’s view and efforts on Migrants and Boat People...Myanmar launches ecotourism management strategy at international conference in Nay Pyi Taw...New Thakayta Bridge to link Mingala Taungnyunt and Dawbon townships...Bangladeshi boat people repatriated...Golden umbrella to be hoisted at Shwedagon replica tooth relic pagoda...Specialists broaden health knowledge of residents...War veterans organizational course kicks off...Tube-well funded by donors provides drinking water to villagers...Educators undertake course for correspondence teaching...Unusually heavy rains cause floods in Mandalay...Authorities emphasize regional development in Myawady Tsp...Agriculture department families donate drinking water to rural people...Traffic rule enforcement contributes to safety of road user...Display of artefacts marks 1st International Museum Day 2015...Muse District IPRD sets up urban public reading spaces..... EXTERNAL RELATIONS: Myanmar seeks Dutch assistance for agricultural technologies...Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker meets Malaysian Ambassador...Senior General Min Aung Hlaing: Tatmadaw will keep an eye on stability of the State...Myanmar, China to further strengthen existing Paukphaw relations...Bangladeshi boat people repatriated..... "PERSPECTIVES": "Opportunism and organizations" by Myint Win Thein..... ARTICLE: "Let’s Boost Cooperation with GIZ" by Kyi Tha Maw (SMIDB)
Language: English
Source/publisher: The Global New Light of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (1,9MB)
Date of entry/update: 20 May 2015
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Title: "Myanmar Alin" Wednesday 20 May, 2015
Date of publication: 20 May 2015
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (5.3MB-reduced version; 11MB-original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/20.May_.15_mal.pdf
Date of entry/update: 20 May 2015
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Title: "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") Wednesday 20 May, 2015
Date of publication: 20 May 2015
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (7.4MB)
Date of entry/update: 20 May 2015
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Title: "The Global New Light of Myanmar" Tuesday 19 May, 2015
Date of publication: 19 May 2015
Description/subject: HLUTTAW SESSIONS:- PYITHU HLUTTAW: Plan to dredge six main drains in Myawady: "Nay Pyi Taw, 18 may—At the 47th-day session of Pyithu Hluttaw Monday, Daw Khin Than Myint of Ngaputaw Constituency asked about breeding of fish, prawn and crab by Kyaw Hlwan Moe and Brothers Company on the sandbank of Thetkethaung Village-tract in Hainggyikyun, Ngaputaw Township. Deputy Minister at the President Office U Kyaw Kyaw Win replied that Hainggyikyun Township Fisheries Department did not issue permit for the company. The department allowed work licence for the sandbank through tender yearly but the sandbank has been designated as a common fishing plot since 2011. Arrangements will be made for convenience of fishing workers. U Myint Shwe of Waw Constituency asked whether there is a plan to re-allow the road area as entrance and exit of the market of Waw or not as a land plot was allotted at the entrance to the market. Deputy Minister U Kyaw Kyaw Win replied that if the entrance and exit of the market are included in the original plan, the grant for the land plot will be cancelled. U Than Oo of Myawady Constituency asked about dredging of main drains in Myawady with the budget of the union government. The deputy minister said that a plan is underway to dredge six drains in 4.5 miles long from 2014-15 to 2020-21 fiscal year with K985.20 million fund. The Hluttaw invited MPs to discuss the bill on second amendment of Pyithu Hluttaw Election Law, the bill on second amendment of Amyotha Hluttaw Election Law and the bill on second amendment of Region or State Hluttaw Election Law."...AMYOTHA HLUTTAW: Region and state governments release orders and directives for reducing use of plastic bags: "Nay Pyi Taw, 18 May—Amyotha Hluttaw continued for the 49th-day session Monday. With regard to the question raised by U Phone Myint Aung of Yangon Region Constituency No 3 on change of system for releasing the result of matriculation examination, Dep-uty Minister for Education U Thant Shin said that the Ministry of Education will release the result of matriculation examination through its website and hardcopy on the designated date. U Myint Hlaing of Rakhine State Constituency No 12 asked about annual fund, equipment, generator and related materials for completion of Thahtay hydropower project in Rakhine State in 2018-19 fiscal year. Deputy Minister for Electric Power U Aung Than Oo said that funds will be sought for implementation of the project. Generator and related equipment will be imported in coming fiscal year for timely completion of the project. U Khin Maung (a) U Aung Kyaw Oo of Rakhine State Constituency No 3 asked about measures against use of plastic bags by the State. Deputy Minister for Health Dr Daw Thein Thein Htay replied that region and state governments released orders and directives on prohibition of using plastic bags under the environmental conservation law. The Department of Health cooperates with Development Affairs Committee in reducing use of plastic bags for environmental conservation. The Amyotha Hluttaw decided to submit controversial points between two Hluttaws in the bill amending the National Education Law to the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw. U Min Oo of Bago Region Constituency No 7 discussed it needs to improve the 1954 Buddhist Women Special Marriage and Inheritance Act in conformity with the present time. If not, the new law should be drafted in line with the human rights of the constitution, Universal Declaration of Human Rights and international treaties signed by Myanmar. Daw Khin Waing Kyi of Yangon Region Constituency No 1 also discussed that it is necessary to draft a marriage law for Myanmar women to protect their rights."..... NOTIFICATIONS:-Republic of the Union of Myanmar, President Office, Ordinance No. (3/2015), 1st Waxing Day of Nayon, 1377 ME (18 May, 2015): Announcement on extension of ordinance...Republic of the Union of Myanmar, President Office, Ordinance No. (4/2015), 1st Waxing Day of Nayon, 1377 ME (18 May, 2015): Announcement on extension of ordinance entitled Extension of Military Administrative Order..... OTHER DOMESTIC NEWS: Ceasefire agreement, election dominate discussions between president, political parties...Human trafficking behind boat people crisis: president’s spokesman...Certificate Course in Basic Diplomatic Skills concludes...Vice President U Nyan Tun advocates education for disaster readiness...Mongolia to continue supports to Myanmar for reform process...Second group of trafficked fishermen repatriated from Indonesia...Bandagon village’s earthen pots remain in high demand...Local residents receive eye care services...World Bank to provide $400 million for national electricity project...Residents, authorities take part in tsunami preparedness drill...Nantmwe Bridge completed on Tahley- Pahlyo-Kenglak road...Miss Universe Mandalay 2015 contestants introduced at press conference...Blood donors association elects new chairman...Young hopefuls gun for places in football academy squads..... EXTERNAL RELATIONS: President U Thein Sein sends commemorative message to President of ROK...Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker holds talks with Chinese Vice FM...Commander-in-Chief: no artillery shells by Tatmadaw landed on Chinese territory...Second group of trafficked fishermen repatriated from Indonesia...World Bank to provide $400 million for national electricity project..... "PERSPECTIVES": "Problems, like doors, can be approached from two sides" by Aung Khin..... ARTICLE: "Do and Deliver" by Kyi Mun
Language: English
Source/publisher: The Global New Light of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (3.9MB)
Date of entry/update: 19 May 2015
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Title: "The Global New Light of Myanmar" Monday 18 May, 2015
Date of publication: 18 May 2015
Description/subject: DOMESTIC NEWS: Dr Sai Mauk Kham calls for speedy completion of renovation work at YGH...SECM to announce listing criteria, securities companies for Yangon Stock Exchange...Diversity Conference-Myanmar contributes to ceasefire and peace process...Literacy campaign helps local residents become literates...People get clean water in rural areas of Taungtha Tsp...Action to be taken against those who throw waste water into Taungthaman Lake...Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann discusses regional development in Bago Region...Myaungmya residents unveil Deedok U Ba Cho statue...Government to spend over K 3.5 billion to upgrade airports in Rakhine State...125 Myanmar fishing slave workers arrive back home...Electrification improves living standard of rural people...Bawlakhe Township Hospital to get equipment and medicines soon...Norwegian Ambassador visits Indawgyi Lake sanctuary in Kachin State, makes feasibility for environmental conservation...Library ready to provide service to locals..... EXTERNAL RELATIONS: Samsung debuts Galaxy Tab A series in Myanmar...Myanmar, Japanese businessmen to cooperate in SME development in Mandalay...125 Myanmar fishing slave workers arrive back home...Singapore firm conducts dredging to improve access to Yangon port..... "PERSPECTIVES": "Parliament and democracy" by Myint Win Thein..... ARTICLES: "On Turning Age 74" by Tin Shein..."Outcome of Pang Seng conference and the true identity of UWSA" by Aung Zeya CEO, MICPA
Language: English
Source/publisher: The Global New Light of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (4.1MB)
Date of entry/update: 19 May 2015
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Title: "Myanmar Alin" Monday 18 May, 2015
Date of publication: 18 May 2015
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (4.1MB-reduced version; 11MB-original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/18.May_.15_mal.pdf
Date of entry/update: 19 May 2015
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Title: "Myanmar Alin" Tuesday 19 May, 2015
Date of publication: 19 May 2015
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (5MB-reduced version; 11MB-original)
Date of entry/update: 19 May 2015
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Title: "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") Monday 18 May, 2015
Date of publication: 18 May 2015
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (5.9MB)
Date of entry/update: 19 May 2015
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Title: "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") Tuesday 19 May, 2015
Date of publication: 19 May 2015
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (5.4MB)
Date of entry/update: 19 May 2015
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Title: Brokers tricking Rohingya children onto trafficking boats
Date of publication: 18 May 2015
Description/subject: "...After the country of 50 million started moving from dictatorship to democracy in 2011, newfound freedoms of expression lifted the lid off deep-seated hatred of the dark-skinned religious minority, making them even more vulnerable. Up to 280 Rohingya have been killed since mid-2012, and some 140,000 were chased from their homes by machete-wielding extremist Buddhist mobs. They now live under apartheid-like conditions in camps where they can't work, get an adequate education or receive medical care. They have been told there's little chance they will be allowed to vote in upcoming general elections and that those who cannot prove their families have been in the country since it gained independence from Britain in 1948 could face deportation or indefinite detention in camps. As result, more than 100,000 Rohingya and neighboring Bangladeshis have fled by boat in the last three years, the biggest exodus of boat people in the region since the Vietnam War..."
Author/creator: Esther Htusan
Language: English
Source/publisher: Associated Press (AP)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 19 May 2015
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Title: Non-Refoulement, Temporary Refuge, and the 'New' Asylum Seekers
Date of publication: 2014
Description/subject: Conclusion: "Like the prohibition of torture, temporary refuge has a special value, a moral quality which distinguishes it from other rul~s of international law, such as those governing the delimitation of maritime boundaries. Less importance can therefore be ascribed to instances of contrary practice, because to recognise exceptions, to allow or approve return to the real risk of danger to life and liberty, would shock the conscience of mankind or, to use the words of the International Court of Justice, be contrary to 'elementary considerations ofhumanity'.104 To start, as it were, with the value, with the statement of principle before the practice, might be thought utopian, divorced from reality, even 'wishful legal thinking'.105 Nevertheless, having once accurately identified the obligations in issue admission and non-return - we can see how strong is the evidence of both practice and opinio juris. The practice has been occasionally undervalued and misrepresented, with the principle of admission and non-return of those displaced by conflict being theorised from within the box, which is the more or less closed system called 'Convention refugee law'. It has been too readily associated with, and then limited by; the established principle of non-refoulement, and it has suffered from the link; it has been wrongly presented as a norm about immigration, and dismissed for the lack of any corresponding individual or civil right. Individual rights are certainly of critical importance as a basis for challenging governmental action, but they do not always or automatically follow on from the existence of the rules or principles of international law; they commonly need to be mediated into domestic legal systems, either directly through express incorporation, or indirectly, through judicial processes of interpretation and application. For Perluss and Hartman in ig86, the obligation not to return those displaced by armed conflict was conceptually distinct from refugee law and from international humanitarian law. The object and purpose of temporary refuge, in their scheme of analysis, was general protection against the risk of relevant harm, irrespective of the style or type of armed conflict; and, in their view, it ought not to be subsumed within the principle of non-refoulement, even if, from time to time it might cover the same ground and benefit some of the same individuals. Today, the core obligations of the principle of temporary refuge are firmly rooted in customary international law, they operate across a broader spectrum than non-refoulement, and are closely integrated into the international refugee regime. For understandable reasons, its impact on issues of admission and nonreturn means that it continues to be associated with the principle of nonrefoulement. This can be advantageous, so far as non-refoulement acts as a powerful brake on the State, but it can also be a drawback. A good case can be made for de-linking the concepts of refuge and non-refoulement, and in developing refuge itself as the overarching principle of protection, sufficient to accommodate all those instances where States are obliged to act or refrain from action in order that individuals or groups are not exposed to the risk of certain harms. This is not a recipe for proactive intervention, or a variation on the responsibility to protect, and neither are the duties subsumed within the principle of refuge necessarily always absolute or unqualified; in each case, it has to be determined exactly what the particular obligation requires. Of course, temporary refuge, as described above, is not a complete answer to the problems of forced displacement, any more than the Refugee Convention is a complete answer to the protection needs of those in fear of persecution. But it is a critical normative first step in the effective international protection of those displaced by armed conflict, massive violations of human rights, or indiscriminate violence; and it is firmly and soundly based in customary international law, in the practice of States, and in their understanding of obligation."
Author/creator: Guy S. Goodwin-Gill
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Refuge from Inhumanity? War Refugees and International Humanitarian Law" Edited by David James Cantor and Jean-Francois Durieux
Format/size: pdf (681K)
Date of entry/update: 18 May 2015
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Title: Community Agriculture Nutrition - CAN - Handbook (Thai)
Date of publication: 2007
Description/subject: "...There are many good books and resources on sustainable agriculture and we have learnt much from them. However refugees are constrained in their agricultural practices due to limited access to land, water and other resources. This Handbook attempts to present a summary of simple adaptations of ideas found in other books, manuals and resources on sustainable agriculture. This Handbook is not a textbook as such, but a compilation of different subjects for people to pick and choose. We know that it is not complete and I would ask anyone with ideas or suggestions to forward them so we can keep on learning..."
Author/creator: Community Agriculture Nutrition
Language: Thai
Source/publisher: Community Agriculture Nutrition (CAN) Project
Format/size: pdf (4.4MB)
Date of entry/update: 18 May 2015
ML > Agriculture > General resources on sustainable agriculture
Health > Threats to Health > Restricted access to essential resources > Restricted access to adequate food > Nutrition


Title: "The Global New Light of Myanmar" Sunday 17 May, 2015
Date of publication: 17 May 2015
Description/subject: DOMESTIC NEWS: Dr Sai Mauk Kham pays homage to scholarly monks, visits Yangon Dental University...Gov’t troops take control of insurgent bases...GTU to mark 60th birthday celebration...Villagers take part in emergency drill for natural disaster...Local farmers receive agricultural equipment, fertilizers...Authorities present emergency medicine kits to rural communities...Pyithu Hluttaw speaker Thura U Shwe Mann meets locals in Yedashe...Photo depicting elderly woman’s struggle takes top prize in contest...One-month campaign targets drug abuse and trafficking...UEC member urges parties to nominate women as candidates...Soap maker says hand washing key to reducing infant mortality...Cartoon exhibition promotes conservation of Myanmar’s natural resources..... EXTERNAL RELATIONS: President sends messages of felicitations to Norway...Myanmar, ADB sign agreement to further strengthen private sector development...Union FM sends message of felicitations to Norway..... "PERSPECTIVES": "Solving traffic congestion key to improving life of city" by Aung Khin..... ARTICLES: "Nepal Earthquake: Lesson for Safety of Hospitals and Health Centers from Disasters" by Dr. Aung Soe @ Aung Kyaw Moe Retired State Medical Superintendent..."On Turning Age 74" by Tin Shein CEO, MICPA
Language: English
Source/publisher: The Global New Light of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (1.9MB)
Date of entry/update: 17 May 2015
RR > News - Daily newspapers produced by the Government of Burma/Myanmar (archive from June 2003) > "The [Global] New Light of Myanmar", "Kyemon" and "Myanmar Alin" > "The Global New Light of Myanmar" 2015


Title: "Myanmar Alin" Sunday 17 May, 2015
Date of publication: 17 May 2015
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (5.9MB reduced version; 10MB original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/17.May_.15_mal.pdf
Date of entry/update: 17 May 2015
RR > News - Daily newspapers produced by the Government of Burma/Myanmar (archive from June 2003) > "The [Global] New Light of Myanmar", "Kyemon" and "Myanmar Alin" > "Myanmar Alin" > "Myanmar Alin" 2015


Title: "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") Sunday 17 May, 2015
Date of publication: 17 May 2015
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (6.2MB)
Date of entry/update: 17 May 2015
RR > News - Daily newspapers produced by the Government of Burma/Myanmar (archive from June 2003) > "The [Global] New Light of Myanmar", "Kyemon" and "Myanmar Alin" > "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") archive > "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") 2015


Title: Refugee crisis in South East Asia seas affects thousands of people
Date of publication: 17 May 2015
Description/subject: "This week, the full impact of the Burmese government repression [2] of Rohingyas, one of its internal minority populations, was exposed to the world. Thousands of Burmese refugees have been stranded in boats [3] in the Andaman Sea and Malaccan Straits as Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia try to prevent them from landing on their shores [4]. There are great fears for the well being of these people. The recent stand by Australian governments to reject asylum seekers and turn boats around [5] has helped to create this inhumane situation by empowering other countries to do the same."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Australia Asia Worker Links
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://www.aawl.org.au
Date of entry/update: 17 May 2015
ML > Administrative areas > Arakan (Rakhine) State > Arakan (Rakhine) State - reports etc.
Human Rights > Discrimination > Race or Ethnicity: Discrimination based on > Racial or ethnic discrimination in Burma: reports of violations > Racial or ethnic discrimination in Burma: reports of violations against specific groups > Discrimination against the Rohingya
Refugees > Refoulement, push-backs and rejection at borders


Title: Saving people 'key right now' as migrants adrift and in limbo on boats off Thailand (video)
Date of publication: 15 May 2015
Description/subject: Saving lives needs to be the priority as thousands of migrants sit stuck on boats in the seas off Thailand with nowhere to go after being knocked back by country after country, argues Human Rights Watch Deputy Director in Asia Phil Robertson....Video and transcript.
Author/creator: Phil Robertson, Joe O'Brien
Language: English
Source/publisher: Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Format/size: html.Adobe Flash - 6.30 minutes)
Date of entry/update: 17 May 2015
ML > Human Rights > Discrimination > Race or Ethnicity: Discrimination based on > Racial or ethnic discrimination in Burma: reports of violations > Racial or ethnic discrimination in Burma: reports of violations against specific groups > Discrimination against the Rohingya
Refugees > Refoulement, push-backs and rejection at borders


Title: "The Global New Light of Myanmar" Saturday 16 May, 2015
Date of publication: 16 May 2015
Description/subject: HLUTTAW SESSIONS:- PYIDAUNGSU HLUTTAW: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw approves call to extend ‘state of emergency’ period: "Nay Pyi Taw, 15 May — Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann sought approval from the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on Friday of the extension of the state of emergency for another 90 days in the Kokang self-administered area in Shan State, with members of parliament speaking in support of the extension. A state of emergency with a three-month period of martial law has been declared in the area since 17 February 2015, and expires on 17 May. MPs condemned acts of disturbance orchestrated by destructive elements, calling for the parliament to put on record whoever makes efforts to remove threats to national security. They shared their sympathy with families of soldiers wounded and killed in defence of the country, stressing the need to join hands with the army to ensure stability and rule of law in the reigon. “The issue of Laukkai is a national rather than local concern, so collective participation and cooperation is individual responsibility,” an MP said. Union Defence Minister Lt-Gen Wai Lwin expounded the handling of situations in Laukkai, including military operations, security, and economic and judicial affairs."..... OTHER DOMESTIC NEWS: President U Thein Sein confers honours on Sayadaws, outstanding individuals...Myanmar’s largest food and hospitality trade event set for June...Army captures Point-2202 Hill of MNDAA insurgents in Laukkai...Rural youths undertake computer training course...Work under way to widen Muse-Lashio-Mandalay Union Highway...Primary assistance teachers undergo additional training...Govt sends pagoda trustees rules for preservation of ancient sites...Plan set to hoist diamond orb and umbrella atop Jade Pagoda...Mandalay set to host invitational volleyball tourney...Farmers receive rights to work newly released land plots...New power lines, transformers boost electricity supply in Chanayethazan Tsp..... EXTERNAL RELATIONS: Japanese sculptor’s nature-inspired creation ‘gift to Myanmar’...German Myanmar Business Chamber launches with eye to increased bilateral trade...Pyithu Hluttaw speaker meets US, ROK delegations...Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker receives delegates from Korea-Myanmar Friendship Association...Vice President attends dinner to mark 70th Anniversary of WWII Victory...Local and foreign experts engage in discussions on progress of reform and future prospects of Myanmar...Canada prepares to assist Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare Association...Myanmar cruise into quarterfinal with 3-0 win over Saudi Arabia..... "PERSPECTIVES": "For better or worse, your vote is your destiny" by Kyaw Thura..... ARTICLE: "The great grand and auspicious paying homage ceremony for conferring the noblest religious titles on the outstanding Buddhist-monk candidates who distinctively got through the 67th Sacred Tipitakadhara Tipitakakovida Selection Examination in the year of 2015" by Ba Sein (Religious Affairs)
Language: English
Source/publisher: The Global New Light of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (2MB)
Date of entry/update: 16 May 2015
RR > News - Daily newspapers produced by the Government of Burma/Myanmar (archive from June 2003) > "The [Global] New Light of Myanmar", "Kyemon" and "Myanmar Alin" > "The Global New Light of Myanmar" 2015


Title: "Myanmar Alin" Saturday 16 May, 2015
Date of publication: 16 May 2015
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (7.6MB reduced version; 13MB original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/16.May_.15_mal.pdf
Date of entry/update: 16 May 2015
RR > News - Daily newspapers produced by the Government of Burma/Myanmar (archive from June 2003) > "The [Global] New Light of Myanmar", "Kyemon" and "Myanmar Alin" > "Myanmar Alin" > "Myanmar Alin" 2015


Title: "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") Friday 15 May, 2015
Date of publication: 15 May 2015
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (6.6MB reduced version; 8.8MB original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/14.May_.15_KM.pdf
Date of entry/update: 16 May 2015
RR > News - Daily newspapers produced by the Government of Burma/Myanmar (archive from June 2003) > "The [Global] New Light of Myanmar", "Kyemon" and "Myanmar Alin" > "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") archive > "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") 2015


Title: What Is a Constitution? Principles and Concepts
Date of publication: August 2014
Description/subject: Overview: What Is a Constitution? The vast majority of contemporary constitutions describe the basic principles of the state, the structures and processes of government and the fundamental rights of citizens in a higher law that cannot be unilaterally changed by an ordinary legislative act. This higher law is usually referred to as a constitution.... The content and nature of a particular constitution, as well as how it relates to the rest of the legal and political order, varies considerably between countries, and there is no universal and uncontested definition of a constitution. Nevertheless, any broadly accepted working definition of a constitution would likely include the following characteristics: A constitution is a set of fundamental legal-political rules that: (1) are binding on everyone in the state, including ordinary lawmaking institutions; (2) concern the structure and operation of the institutions of government, political principles and the rights of citizens; (3) are based on widepread public legitimacy; (4) are harder to change than ordinary laws (e.g. a two-thirds majority vote or or a referendum is needed); (5) as a minimum, meet the internationally recognized criteria for a democratic system in terms of representation and human rights.."
Language: English
Source/publisher: International IDEA
Format/size: pdf (98K)
Date of entry/update: 16 May 2015
ML > Law and Constitution > Constitutional and parliamentary processes > National and State constitutions, draft constitutions and amendments (commentary)


Title: Constitutional Amendment Procedures
Date of publication: September 2014
Description/subject: "What? • A constitutional amendment alters the content of a constitutional text in a formal way... Why? • Constitutions need to be amended o ver time to adjust provisions that are inadequate, to respond to new needs, including supplementing rights, etc. Otherwise, the text of a constitution cannot reflect social realities and political needs over time. Yet the constitution also needs to be protected from short-sighted or partisan amendments... Why not? • Some form of formal amendment procedures are a near-universal feature of contemporary constitutions. Thus, for constitution- makers, the relevant question is not so much whether there should be a provision addressing formal amendments, but what needs to be considered while drafting it... Where? • All democratic countries in the world have a provision in their constitution regulating the conditions for amending it."
Language: English
Source/publisher: International IDEA
Format/size: pdf (119K)
Date of entry/update: 16 May 2015
ML > Law and Constitution > Constitutional and parliamentary processes > National and State constitutions, draft constitutions and amendments (commentary)


Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 11 May, 2015: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw continues for 43rd day session [incl. Hluttaw speaker & other gov. officials visits to China, U.S, Malaysai and Vietnam + population & nurse council bills+public accounts committee for 2013-14]
Date of publication: 12 May 2015
Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 11 May—At the 43rd day session of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on Monday, the Hluttaw put the visits of Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann and party to the People’s Republic of China and the United States of America, the visit of Deputy Speaker U Nanda Kyaw Swa and party to Malaysia and Pyithu Hluttaw MP U Maung Toe and party to Vietnam on record. The joint bill committee explained its findings and remarks on the healthcare for control of population rate bill and the Myanmar nurse and midwifery council bill sent back by the President with remarks. The Hluttaw approved a report of the Public Accounts Committee over the actual accounts for 2013- 14 fiscal year."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
Format/size: pdf (68K)
Date of entry/update: 16 May 2015
ML > Politics and Government > Burma/Myanmar's Legislature > Parliament > Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (Union Parliament): - legislation and other proceedings > Pyidaungsu Hluttaw: Meetings in 2015


Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 11 May, 2015: Amyotha Hluttaw session addresses remote area hospitals, rural development [incl. Thapaya Lake repair+people with disabilities & Myanmar Buddhist Women's Special Marriage Bill]
Date of publication: 12 May 2015
Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 11 May — The Department of Medical Care has a plan to provide ambulances to township-level people’s hospitals in fiscal 2015- 2016, but not to station hospitals in remote areas at this stage, Deputy Minister for Health Dr Daw Thein Thein Htay told the Amyotha Hluttaw on Monday. The deputy minister made the admission during the 45th day session of the Upper House after U Hla Swe, MP of Magway Region Constituency No 12, asked whether the department under the Ministry of Health planned to provide ambulances, drivers and fuel to station hospitals in remote areas for transport of emergency patients. U Soe Aung of Mandalay Region Constituency No 11 asked for a plan to repair Thapaya Lake near Thanpayakan Village in Mahlaing Township. Deputy Minister for Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development U Tin Ngwe told the Upper House that the ministry has no plan to immediately dredge the earthen lake to store rainwater but undertakes rural development tasks as a priority. The Hluttaw approved the amendment of the Pyithu Hluttaw over the bill on rights for people with disabilities. Member of Amyotha Hluttaw Bill Committee U Tin Yu submitted a report of the committee to the Hluttaw to enable MPs to discuss the Myanmar Buddhist Women’s Special Marriage Bill sent back by the Pyithu Hluttaw with amendments."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
Format/size: pdf (68K)
Date of entry/update: 16 May 2015
ML > Politics and Government > Burma/Myanmar's Legislature > Parliament > Amyotha Hluttaw (Nationalities' Assembly/Upper House): Meetings > Amyotha Hluttaw: Meetings in 2015


Title: From Novelty to Normalcy - Polling in Myanmar’s Democratic Transition
Date of publication: March 2015
Description/subject: Executive Summary: "This report examines the state of opinion research in Myanmar, identifies challenges, and makes recommendations for improvements. Since the government of Myanmar announced a transition from military rule to democracy in 2010, both domestic and international stakeholders have turned to polling to discover public opinion on a range of issues. Polling is critical in transitioning countries. Polls can provide parties with data to understand the needs and desires of the electorate and serve as a check on government excesses. They make information on public views widely available and can represent both the diversity of existing opinions and positions of minority populations. Finally, they show a road to political compromise and prepare parties and the public to deal with election outcomes. The Western public accepts and expects polling on a regular basis, but we did not find that always the case in Myanmar. Although Myanmar has a decades-long history of market surveys, political polling is a relatively new phenomenon. Organizations operating in this field face four major challenges. The first is selecting a sample in a country that lacks reliable census or voter registration data, and lacks comprehensive access to telephones or the internet. The second is how to provide survey questionnaires in several languages to accommodate Myanmar’s numerous ethnic groups. The third challenge relates to interviewers, both to their training and to accounting for possible response bias based on the interaction between the interviewer’s socio-demographic background and the respondent’s. Finally, polling groups and interviewers must ensure respondents’ confidentiality. These problems are not unique to Myanmar. Pollsters around the world regularly grapple with similar dilemmas. What makes their task more challenging in Myanmar is the novelty of polling. Few people (even in civil society and political parties) understand its nature, and many are quick to dismiss the whole exercise when they do not like some of a poll’s results. The report examines and refutes several of their criticisms, perhaps the most common being that a sample, no matter how large, cannot capture the full diversity of opinions in a country as large and heterogeneous as Myanmar. It is possible to tackle these misperceptions and improve practices. Our recommendations for immediate actions can be implemented ahead of the parliamentary election this year. They include suggestions on conducting polls, providing frameworks for their interpretation, and training potential users to understand polling data. Long-term change will require consistent attention and investment from polling groups, those who commission them, and users of polling data to strengthen the polling field. Most importantly, polling organizations should continue making their data publicly available. Those who conduct and commission public surveys need to do so on a regular basis. Both practices will teach the public to see polls as a normal element of a democratic process and become another step in Myanmar’s transition to a full-fledged democracy."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Open Society Foundations
Format/size: pdf (376K)
Date of entry/update: 16 May 2015
ML > Society and Culture > Burmese social and political culture > Burmese political culture - general


Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 11 May, 2015: No free transportation for voters, says UEC [incl. Htanbatin Township query + Education & Television and Broadcasting Bill + ASEAN Single Window]
Date of publication: 12 May 2015
Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 11 May — The government will not make any transport arrangements for voters in the upcoming general elections, even in remote areas, said Union Election Commission member U Win Ko to Pythu Hluttaw on Monday. In response to a query from Htantabin Township MP U Thein Yi, the UEC member told the Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House) that such facilitation by any political party or electoral representative is tantamount to a breach of the electoral law. U Win Ko also said polling stations will open in remote areas in accordance with the law, following consultation with sub-commissions on the appropriate number of polling stations for each township. He then noted voter education will be conduct-ed by media, election commissions in constituencies, political parties and civil service organizations. Regarding the benefits of switching from the National Single Window to the ASEAN Single Window, Dr Lin Aung, the deputy minister for finance, said the system could reduce the time and cost involved in foreign trade by streamlining customs processes and improving management of trade departments. The deputy minister added that Myanmar is setting up the Automated Custom Clearance System and information system with financial assistance of the Japanese government to replace the existing manual system and the Myanmar e-custom system. U Khin Maung Nyo also read out the report on Television and Broadcasting Bill with amendments transferred by the Amyotha Hluttaw."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
Format/size: pdf (70K)
Date of entry/update: 16 May 2015
ML > Politics and Government > Burma/Myanmar's Legislature > Parliament > Pyithu Hluttaw (People's Assembly/House of Representatives/Lower House) - proceedings > Pyithu Hluttaw: Meetings in 2015


Title: Preliminary Findings of The Carter Center Expert Mission to Myanmar December 2014 – February 2015
Date of publication: March 2015
Description/subject: "The general elections in Myanmar planned for late 2015 could mark a major step forward in the political reform process that began in 2011. Despite a high level of mistrust in government, the general public appears to have an overall positive view of elections and overwhelmingly intends to vote.1 Significantly, the government has made a public commitment to inviting international and national election observation organizations to monitor the election process, a notable difference from the 2010 and 2012 elections. The Carter Center, at the invitation of the Union Election Commission (UEC), is conducting an assessment of the pre-election environment in preparation for the deployment of a larger election observation mission. This is the Carter Center’s first statement since deploying staff to the states and regions in December 2014. In this preliminary assessment, The Carter Center finds that there are efforts underway to make the electoral process more transparent and less vulnerable to manipulation. However, a number of key challenges need to be addressed in order to ensure that the elections earn the confidence of voters, political parties, and civil society organizations. The main findings include:..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: The Carter Center
Format/size: pdf (447K)
Date of entry/update: 16 May 2015
ML > Society and Culture > Burmese social and political culture > Burmese political culture - general
Politics and Government > Elections (Burma) > The 2015 General Elections in Burma/Myanmar


Title: "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") Saturday 16 May, 2015
Date of publication: 16 May 2015
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (7MB-reduced version; 8.2MB-original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/16.May_.15_KM.pdf
Date of entry/update: 16 May 2015
RR > News - Daily newspapers produced by the Government of Burma/Myanmar (archive from June 2003) > "The [Global] New Light of Myanmar", "Kyemon" and "Myanmar Alin" > "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") archive > "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") 2015


Title: "Myanmar Alin" Friday 15 May, 2015
Date of publication: 15 May 2015
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (8.6MB reduced version; 14MB original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/15.May_.15_mal.pdf
Date of entry/update: 15 May 2015
RR > News - Daily newspapers produced by the Government of Burma/Myanmar (archive from June 2003) > "The [Global] New Light of Myanmar", "Kyemon" and "Myanmar Alin" > "Myanmar Alin" > "Myanmar Alin" 2015


Title: "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") Sunday 5 May, 2013
Date of publication: 05 May 2013
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (4.1MB reduced version; 14MB original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/Mirror2013-05-05.pdf
Date of entry/update: 15 May 2015
RR > News - Daily newspapers produced by the Government of Burma/Myanmar (archive from June 2003) > "The [Global] New Light of Myanmar", "Kyemon" and "Myanmar Alin" > "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") archive > "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") 2013